The Sunday Simcha

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The Tampa Jewish Federation urges Jews in the Tampa Bay region and Jews everywhere to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of New Jersey in honoring victims of this week’s shooting by attending worship services this weekend. The Federation provided a list of all Tampa/Hillsborough congregations and service times; it can be viewed on the Sunday Simcha Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/sundaysimcha/.  Additionally. Our Kehillah Calendar on this page below contains links to all regional congregations in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and surrounding counties. We urge you to avail yourself of this information and join a congregation in worship this Shabbat.

OUR LAST SUNDAY SIMCHA (December 8, 2019 ~ 10 Kislev, 5780)
AND COMING PROGRAM (December 15, 2019 ~ 17 Kislev, 5780)

Hanukkah Sameach! It was a fun Hanukkah program on December 8th with both poignant and festive musical selections by Stacy Beyer, Watkins Family Hour, Barenaked Ladies, The Mama Doni Band (today’s Nefesh Mountain), Dean Friedman, Jeff Lisenby, The Jewish Wedding Band, Jack Black, Shira Kline (ShirLaLa), Neal Katz, Aviva Chernick, Rebecca Schwartz, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jeff Wolpert, and The Eric Fagerström Band. 

Tom Lehrer supplied A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—while Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom—and More Joy, Less Oy was provided by Rabbi Philip Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg mere hours before his congregation’s Chase the Dreidel 5K. 

There are a great many community events during this Hanukkah season and after in the Tampa Bay community and region. Scroll below to view our Kehillah Calendar, which lists community activities, special worship services, and events as well as links to area congregations. If you wish to share a community event for us to include in our Kehillah Calendar, please email sundaysimcha@gmail.com, or place us on your congregation’s email list so that we receive your community’s ongoing announcements. The Kehillah Calendar is updated regularly.

This Sunday, December 15th, Shlomo and Jordyn Schwersky return to host the Sunday Simcha with their always entertaining mix of eclectic music.  Rabbi Yossi Eber of Chabad Center of West Pasco in Trinity will provide this Sunday’s insightful dvar. (https://www.chabadwp.com)  You have until the program on December 15th to hear or download last week’s program from the archive here.

To download an mp3 of any broadcast, right click on the listen icon under the “Listen On Demand” box to your right on the red WMNF 88.5 FM WMNF.ORG – SUNDAY SIMCHA bar. You’ll be offered the opportunity to download the linked file and to rename it and save it on your desktop or where you desire. Note that if you bookmark this file, it will be gone after next week’s program because it remains in the archive only until then—so download it if you wish to save it.

Or email sundaysimcha@gmail.com for copies of previous broadcasts and to share your comments. 

Shlomo & Jordyn will return to host on 12/15/19.


Hear The Sunday Simcha life every Sunday 1-2 PM on Tampa’s WMNF Community Radio, 88.5 FM or via the WMNF App or online here at WMNF.org. 

SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ December 1, 2019 ~ 3 Kislev, 5780

Singer/songwriter, cantorial vocalist and concert artist Nachum Peterseil was our guest on our December 1st Sunday Simcha. Peterseil and his band, Automatic Toys, are appearing in concert at Congregation Kol Ami on December 7, 2019 (https://kolami.org/) and we heard some powerful samples of Nachum’s music on our broadcast.

To hear Nachum’s music, see his websites and contact him, visit automatictoysmusic.com, PLVNKmusic.com, https://www.milkenschool.org/news-detail?pk=950282, his YouTube channels at https://www.youtube.com/user/AutomaticToys and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqrsAwLw4H_DI4y53pvH9tg, his Songs From My Childhood project at https://www.songsfmc.com, his coming website soullovemusic.com (which is not yet live), along with his email at automatictoys.toys@gmail.com.

Besides the passionate music of Peterseil, we celebrated Thanksgiving weekend and the beginning of the Hanukkah season with spirited and poignant music by Jacov Magid, Robbi Sherwin & Sababa, Michelle Citrin, Shira Kline, The Klezmatics, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Beth Styles and The Male Choir of the Moscow Choral Synagogue. Stand-up comic Myron Cohen offered A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Mittle Mirth, from a Thanksgiving broadcast from years past. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am of Tampa was to have offered Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom for this broadcast, but was called to be with a congregant’s family at the time of the broadcast. We will reschedule his dvar at the earliest opportunity.

Listen live every Sunday from 1-2 PM at 88.5 FM Tampa or here on WMNF.org, or listen throughout the week via the archive (via the play button to your right) until the following week’s program. Or contact me, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, at sundaysimcha@gmail.com for copies of previous broadcasts and to share your comments.

Ron Becker, Barbara Rosenthal, Cat Eskin and Joy Katzen-Guthrie on our 11-24-19 Sunday Simcha.


SUNDAY SIMCHA — November 24, 2019 ~ 26 Heshvan, 5780

In addition to music by the Benny Goodman Sextet (Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Ziggy Elman, Martha Tilton), The Irving Fields Trio, Nachum Peterseil & Automatic Toys, and Ron Regev and Inbal Segev, I was joined in the studio on November 24th by Ron Becker— Spiritual Leader and Archivist of The JCC of West Pasco / Beth Tefillah, Catherine R, Eskin, Archivist for Temple Emanuel of Lakeland, and Barbara Rosenthal, filmmaker of the recently released Seders & Cigars–A History of Jews in Tampa, for a discussion of the Jewish history of the West Central Florida region. Ron Becker brought an insightful dvar on the Jewish connection to Thanksgiving.

If you have stories to share of local Jewish history or have questions or comments for today’s guests, contact them at:
Ron Becker (JCC West Pasco) at rbecker@emeritus.rutgers.edu
Catherine Eskin (Temple Emmanuel Lakeland) at atceskin@flsouthern.edu
Barbara Rosenthal (Tampa) at http://www.sedersandcigars.com/.

Barbara told us in this program that SEDERS AND CIGARS will be screened again in Tampa on January 28, 2020 at The Tampa Bay History Center at 6 PM. There will be a screening in South Florida as well—details of that to be announced. Barbara Rosenthal will return to The Sunday Simcha on January 12th to offer more stories of her film and her discoveries of Jewish history in Tampa Bay. The Facebook page for this film is at: https://www.facebook.com/sedersandcigars/

Filmmaker Barbara Rosenthal, Ron Becker & Cat Eskin joined The Sunday Simcha November 24th



UPCOMING BROADCASTS

We will be joined in the studio on our December 29th broadcast by Staci Sabarski, Producing Artistic Director of the production, A Shayna Maidel, by Barbara Lebow, which will be presented January 10-19, 2020 by Innovocative Theatre at 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Details at https://innovocativetheatre.org/up-next/.

Filmmaker Barbara Rosenthal will return on January 12th to discuss more stories of Jewish history in Tampa Bay as she prepares her film Seders & Cigars for screenings in January in south Florida and at the Tampa Bay History Museum.



DOWNLOAD THE SUNDAY SIMCHA

Hear The Sunday Simcha every Sunday live from 1-2 PM on WMNF 88.5 FM or here at wmnf.org or via the WMNF App. Did you know you are able to download The Sunday Simcha broadcast? Each week the program remains in the archive and may be streamed on this page or downloaded until the next program replaces it. To download an mp3 of the broadcast, right click on the listen icon under the “Listen On Demand” box to your right on the red WMNF 88.5 FM WMNF.ORG – SUNDAY SIMCHA bar. You’ll be offered the opportunity to download the linked file and to rename it and save it on your desktop or where you desire. Note that if you bookmark this file, it will be gone after next week’s program because it remains in the archive only until then—so download it if you wish to save it.


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).

At the WMNF Volunteer Appreciation event on Sunday, August 18th, I (Joy) was 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 months that I have had the joy of hosting The Sunday Simcha, I have been told by both Jewish and non-Jewish listeners 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.

Mark C. Guthrie & Joy Katzen-Guthrie

Mark Guthrie (Executive Producer) & Sunday Simcha Host Joy Katzen-Guthrie with their award at The WMNF Radio Volunteer Appreciation Event 8/18/19

New Programmer of Year Award 2019

WMNF Radio New Programmer of the Year 2019 THANK YOU!



TAMPA BAY KEHILLAH CALENDAR
A SAMPLING OF COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
December 13, 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 sundaysimcha@gmail.com.



ONGOING SHABBAT SERVICES AND CONGREGATIONAL ACTIVITIES  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:

Orthodox, Conservative, & Reform Synagogues/Congregations in Hillsborough County:
Orthodox, Conservative, & Reform Synagogues/Congregations in Pinellas and Pasco County:
Orthodox, Conservative, & Reform Synagogues/Organizations in Hernando, Polk, Marion and Citrus Counties:

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 – The Tampa JCCs & Federation are launching CONNECT, a new program designed to welcome individuals who have recently relocated to the Tampa area, as well as those not yet connected to the Jewish community.  The Tampa JCCs & Federation’s goal for the CONNECT program is to create an easy way for people to feel welcome and involved in the Tampa Jewish community.  Volunteers are requested to help newcomers to feel welcome and involved in the Tampa Jewish community in a variety of ways. To get involved or to sign up to get connected, visit jewishtampa.com/welcome or contact Rachel Sperber, Director of Philanthropic Engagement at (813)-769-4770 or Rachel.Sperber@jewishtampa.com.

OngoingYoung 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 tradition 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 leeann.lewkowiez@jewishtampa.com.

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, 7-8 PM, Ongoing – Bible study classes with Rabbi Joshua Lobel of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. For details, call the temple at 727-531-5829. 

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/.

Third Tuesday of Each Month, Noon  – Lunch and learn with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am of Tampa. Participants will cover the basic structure of the prayer book, look at some of the individual prayers to see what they’re really saying, and talk about how we can use our prayers to have more spiritual experiences. https://bethamtampa.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 MiriamHodakov@gmail.com, 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 leeann.lewkowiez@jewishtampa.com.

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 – 7:15 PM, Ongoing – Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater offers a Readers Theater group focusing on dramatic literature through a Jewish lens, led by Cantor Laura Berkson. Participants take turns reading different roles and delving into the characters, scripts, and their creators. Each play has a Jewish connection. For details, contact the temple at 727-531-5829. 

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 bmchabad@gmail.com. Visit http://www.chabadofcentralflorida.com/.

Wednesdays, 7 PM, Ongoing – Learn more about your heritage or becoming Jewish with classes with Rabbi Josh Hearshen at Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa. All are welcome. To register, call 813-837-1911 or 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 info@chabadsp.com.

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 bmchabad@gmail.com. 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 rabbirosenberg@bethamtampa.org. 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 aviva.levine@jewishtampa.com.

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 linda33217@gmail.com or 727-276-3404.

Thursdays, 6:30 PM, Ongoing – Thursday Night Torah Study. Congregation A.F. Zichron Kedoshim (The Tampa Kollel) invites you to Thursday night Mishmar at 6:30 PM at Young Israel of Tampa, 13207 N. 52nd Street, Temple Terrace, FL  33617. Cholent and Chavrusa, one-on-one learning at your level, delicious fleshig cholent. For additional information, call or text Zev at 917-439-5888.

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 kellysiegel@empathhealth.org, or call 727-301-7884 or email yiddishemama@tampabay.rr.com.

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 leeann.lewkowiez@jewishtampa.com.

Sundays, 9-10 AM, Ongoing – Every Sunday, try a BLT (Bagels, Lox and Tefillin) at the Chabad Center of West Pasco in Trinity. Don tefilin and enjoy hot bagels and an assortment of smoked fish and spreads. https://www.chabadwp.com/

Sundays, 11 AM to Noon, Ongoing – Adult education classes at Congregation Beth Tefillah/JCC of West Pasco include an examination and better understanding of the 613 mitzvot of Judaism.  All are invited and any may join the class at any time. https://jccwestpascobethtefillah.net/

Sundays, Noon to 1 PM, Ongoing  –  Congregation Beth Tefillah/JCC of West Pasco offers elementary Hebrew language class. All are invited and any may join the class at any time. https://jccwestpascobethtefillah.net/



UPCOMING TAMPA BAY REGION SPECIAL SERVICES, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

DECEMBER 2019, INCLUDING HANUKKAH EVENTS, SERVICES, AND ACTIVITIES

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 Crow 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.

Friday, December 13th, 5:30 PM – Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa presents a Jammies and Jeans Shabbat experience for young children and their families. Throw on your jeans and get your kids in their jammies for a fun and cashual Shabbat celebration with special surprises for the kids. For details: https://www.rsholom.org/

Friday, December 13th, 6 PM – Take in an early Teddy Bear Shabbat service at Congregation Mekor Shalom of Tampa. Calling all Teddy Bear owners to celebrate Shabbat in a “beary” joyful way. An oneg after the service will feature Teddy Bear friendly snacks. https://www.mekorshalom.org/

Saturday, December 14th, 9 AM – Join Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater in a Shabbat B’Yachad and Simcha Shabbat led by Rabbi David Weizman. Simultaneously at 9:30 AM, Rabbi Danielle Upbin leads “Prayer in Motion.” At 10:30 AM, Tot Shabbat is offered by Rabbi Upbin, while Rabbi Weizman leads a lunch and learn for grades 6-12 at 10:30 AM. Aftewards, stay for kiddush luncheon. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/. 

Saturday, December 14th, 5 PM  – Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg presents its Pajama Havdalah Party for the Whole Family & Youth Group Overnight. Hosted by the congregation with support of PJ Library of Florida’s Gulf Coast. RSVP Recommended. Details: https://www.cbistpete.org/event/pajamahavdalah

Sunday, December 15th, 9:30 AM – Women of Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, hold a Hanukkah Bazaar. http://www.tbiclearwater.org/

Sunday, December 15th, 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg’s Shabbat Wonder program in the temple courtyard. Join other families with young children (ages 0-5) in Hanukkah crafts & Shabbat activites. For details email Denise.E.Chase@gmail.com or MollyAuld@gmail.com. No RSVP necessary.  https://www.templebeth-el.com/

Sunday, December 15th, 9:45 AM – Join in an informal and interactive conversation designed for parents and caregivers at Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg. A breakfast nosh will be provided and child care is available. RSVP to Maureen@cbistpete.org or call 727-381-4900, x 1011. 

Sunday, December 15th, 11 AM – Noon – Chabad of St. Petersburg’s C-kids youth organization hosts a Hanukkah candle workshop at Chabad of St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St., N., St. Petersburg. Experiment with custom molds to make candles of all shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. While the andles cool, kids can take chocolate gelt to the next level—literally—and build their own one-of-a-kind gelt launcher. For details of cost & RSVP, email chaya@chabadsp.comhttps://www.chabadsp.com/

Sunday, December 15th, 10-11:30 AM – Tampa JCCs and Federation invite children to a PJ Library Hanukkah Hop on the Judy Cohn Plaza at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 24009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa. There will be bounce house play, Hanukkah music,m latkes, jelly doughnuts, and PJ Library story time with the featured book, Happy Hanukkah. RSVP to marissa.rosenthal@jewishtampa.com by December 13th. 

Sunday, December 15th, 11:30 AM – a Hawaiian Hanukkah Party takes place at Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa. Wear Hawaiian attire and enjoy lunch, latkes, DJ John, and games. This is for adults and children of all ages. For information and RSVP, visit https://www.rsholom.org/event/hanukkah-party.html

Sunday, December 15th, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Hanukkah Fest at Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor features choir performances, food, crafts, activities, raffle, and artists. Details: https://ahavatshalom.org/.

Sunday, December 15th, Noon-1:30 PM – PJ Library-Hanukkah Hop! JCC on the Cohn Campus- Judy Cohn Plaza, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 33625. PJ Library invites you to the Hanukkah hop! Bounce House Play, Hanukkah music, latkes, jelly doughnuts, and story time for all to enjoy. PJ Library featured story: HOPPY HANUKKAH. Please RSVP to Marissa.Rosenthal@jewishtampa.com by December 13th.

Sunday, December 15th, 1 PM – Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater invites you to enjoy a film screening selected by Cal Simon at the temple. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Call 727-531-5829 for details. 

Sunday, December 15th, 3-5 PM  – Chabad of Pinellas County presents a Chanukah Candle Workshop. Bring your own special light to your menorah this Chanukah—experiment with custom-made molds to make Chanukah-themed candles in different shapes and colors at Chabad of Pinellas, 3696 Fisher Rd., Palm Harbor. For cost and information and to RSVP, visit https://www.yichabad.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3037809/jewish/Upcoming.htm

Sunday, December 15th, 4 PM – Teens will participate in a monthly meeting for conversations on meaningful topics through a Jewish lens at Congregation Mekor Shalom of Tampa. https://www.mekorshalom.org/

Monday, December 16th, 11 AM – 2 PM – The SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth, & Education) group meets at Temple Beth-El of ST. PEtersburg in the All Purpose Room. Featured speakers include the temple’s Executive Director Sarah Gotlieb with stories of Hanukkah, professors Milton Teitchman and Professor Sharon Leder, published authors discussing poetry of the Holocaust. BYOL—Bring Your Own Lunch. No RSVP required. https://www.templebeth-el.com/

Tuesday, December 17th, 10-11 AM – Enjoy schmoozing and conversation over coffee or tea with Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa at Kahwa Coffee, 3928 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 

Tuesday, December 17th, 11 AM – Torah for Seniors — discussion with Rabbi Philip Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, at Philip Benjamin Tower, 250 -58th St., N. 

Tuesday, December 17th, 5:15 PM – Continue study of Tractate Berachot (Blessings) with Steve Wein at Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic needed. Study materials provided. Participate in a discussion and learn the derivation and reason for many of our rules and customs of prayer. 

Tuesday, December 17th, 6:30 PM – Congregation Schaarai Zedek invites 20s+30s young adults to celebrate Hanukkah with latkes, cocktails, raffle and presents. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377, ext. 246.

Tuesday, December 17th, 7 PM – Rabbi Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg continues his monthly series with a chapter on “The Jewish Life Cycle” from “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.” This is an interactive year-long text journey with the rabbi. Come to as many sessions as possible. Preparation preferred but not required. Open to the entire community. The rabbi will repeat this same lesson the following day. See details below. 

Tuesday, December 17th, 7:30 PM – Join with Rabbi Rachel Blatt of Congregation kol Ami of Tampa for the first of ten interactive classes based on the NBC show “The Good Place,” with TV clips, text study, and discussion of Jewish philosophy, ethics, and afterlife. The sessions will be two to three weeks apart on the first season of the TV show. https://www.kolami.org/

Wednesday, December 18th, 9 AM – Get to know Rabbi Philip Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg over coffee and conversation at Kraft Café, 6653 Central Ave., S., St. Petersburg. 

Wednesday, December 18th, 10 AM – Study the Psalms with Johanna Bromberg. The class is enhanced with the confluences of the Psalms and the arts. All are welcome. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/

Wednesday, December 18th, 12 PM – Rabbi Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg continues his monthly series with a chapter on “The Jewish Life Cycle” from “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.” This is an interactive year-long text journey with the rabbi. Come to as many sessions as possible. Preparation preferred but not required. Open to the entire community. Noon at the synagogue with lunch from Jo-El’s Deli. To attend, RSVP by Tuesday, December 17th at noon by calling the synagogue office with your lunch order. Payment will be taken at the door. Call 727-381-4900. 

Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30 PM – Israel Bonds hosts a cocktail supper featuring guest speaker Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.  For cost and to RSVP, visit: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egplejvs7f2ab57c&oseq=&c=&ch=

Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – What if there never was one day of oil that lasted for eight days? How did an anti-assimilation holiday become the most assimilated of all? Join Rabbi Joel Simon of Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa for a historical look at Hanukkah, including the evolution of the holiday to include candlelighting, dreidels, and fried foods. RSVP online at at https://www.zedek.org/RSVP or call 813-876-2377.

Thursday, December 19th, 10:30 AM – Join weekly Talmud study with Rabbi Rachel Blatt at Congregation Kol Ami of Tampa. This class is for all levels of learning and will focus on Talmud Tractate Pesachim. Participants will use the Koren Noe Edition, but feel free to bring your own. https://www.kolami.org/

Thursday, December 19th, 11:15 AM – Seniors are invited to a luncheon at Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa, with screening of the 2009 Australian film Mao’s Last Dancer inspired by true events about Li Cunxin, a peasant from rural China who becomes a world-renowned ballet dancer and defects to the USA. RSVP requested by December 17th at https://www.zedek.org/RSVP, or call Lisa Kiev-Chen at 813-876-2377, ext. 249. 

Thursday, December 19th, 12:15 PM – Bring an appetite to Jo-El’s Kosher Deli to study Mishnah at a study group led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub of Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg. 

Thursday, December 19th, 12:30 PM – Rabbi Danielle Upbin of Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater continues a series of classes for women. Students will explore personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. RSVP to the synagogue at 727-531-1418. Students do not have to attend all sessions to benefit from the class. https://www.cbsclearwater.org/

Thursday, December 19th, 5:30 PM – The King’s Point Jewish Club meets with deli lunch catered by TooJays and musical entertainment by the duo group Big Picture in the Waterside Room at tyhe North Clubhouse in King’s Point. Choice of sandwich and cost information available by emailing Simone Shaw at brithair@aol.com. No payment accepted at door. Payment due by December 11th. 

Friday, December 19th, 6 PM – Enjoy a game night Shabbat and dinner with Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa. All ages may participate. For details of dinner cost, visit: https://www.rsholom.org/

Friday, December 19th, 7 PM – Talk faith and drink beer with a discussion of December dilemmas in the 21st century at If I Brewed The World, 2200 First Ave., S., St. Petersburg. Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg brings the materials to study over a beverage of your choice and purchase. Visit https://www.cbistpete.org/

Friday, December 20th, 6 PM – Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater celebrates the installation of Rabbi Joshua Lobel beginning with a Hanukkah Chinese food dinner, followed by Shabbat service with the rabbi’s installation. For details, call 727-531-5829. 

Friday, December 20th, 6 PM – Temple Beth Shalom of Winter Haven presents its pre-Hanukkah celebration with Hanukkah dinner at 6 PM catered by Publix Apron, followed by Shabbat service. For details of cost and food for members and guests and children, visit http://bethshalompolk.org/.  RSVP’s required by December 10th.

Friday, December 20th, 6:15 PM – Congregation Beth Chavirim of Pasco County celebrates Hanukkah with the congregation’s monthly service. A home-cooked kosher meal will be served. For information regarding cost and other details, contact familyfriendlyservice@yahoo.com. http://lakerlutznews.com/lln/?p=54613

Friday, December 20th, 6:30 PM – Families are invited to celebrate Shabbat with a Family and Musical Shabbat Service. Sing family friendly melodies along with your children to the accompaniment of guitar. Learn and sing together with your kids, and bring Bubbe and Zayde too. https://www.kolami.org/

Friday, December 20th, 5:30 PM Start  – Pre-Chanukah celebration with Tot Shabbat at 5:30 PM, 6 PM  Shabbat Dinner with Latkes, and 7 PM Shabbat service with Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa. The service will feature the 9th grade Confirmation class and performance by the Teen Band along with the Shabbat Achshav Band. A sufganiyot (doughnuts) oneg and crafts for your enjoyment will follow the service. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377.

Friday, December 20th, 7:30 PM – Get in the mood for Hanukkah cheer with music and lots of latkes at Temple Beth-El of St. Petersburg’s pre-Hanukkah celebration service at the temple at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. This Friday Night Live service will feature live music followed by Hanukkah games and the 101 Latkes Bar. Individuals can bring a favorite latke topping recipe for everyone to try, and participants can vote on their favorite. Register by December 16th at https://TempleBeth-El.com/Hanukkah

Sunday, December 22nd, 10 AM – Young Families Hanukkah event from 10 to noon at Barnes & Noble, 23654 US 19N., Clearwater in the Sunset Ppoint shopping center, hosted by Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater. Join Rabbi Joshua Lobel with arts and crafts projects, a sing-along, Hanukkah stories, snacks, and more. 

Sunday, December 22nd, 10:30 AM – 1 PM – Lylah Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah invites you to Installation of Officers and Chanukah Party at The Preserve, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. Optional White Elephant Gift Exchange. Brunch will be provided. For details, email  Sally Laufer: sallyl318@yahoo.com or Cheryl Schwartz: cschwart@ramapo.edu

Sunday, December 22nd, Noon –  Sisterhood of Temple Beth David of Spring Hill celebrates Hanukkah with lunch that includes latkes, assorted deli platters and dessert. A gift exchange, Hanukkah music, candlelighting, fun and games are part of the event. Visit https://www.tbdfl.org/

Sunday, December 22nd, 2 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon offers a Chanukah celebration at Park Square in the Fish Hawk Community, 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia. Chanukah lighting, storytelling by Rabby Bryan, games and gifts for children, jelly-filled donuts, latkes, and more. Bring canned goods to donate to the food bank. For information call 813-681-6547.

Sunday, December 22 at 5 PM – All are invited to a Hanukkah In The City celebration in City Hall Plaza, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. This event is presented by Chabad of Tampa Bay and features the lighting of a giant menorah, gelt drop by the Tampa Fire Department, and entertainment by the Acromaniacts, the Hebrew Academy Choir. There will also be popcorn, a latke demonstration by Publix, cotton candy, latkes and doughnuts, along with face painting, a baloon artist, a spray paint artist, a caricaturist, crafts for kids, and a gyroscope, as well as art for sale. No RSVP required. https://www.chabadchaicenter.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3500981/jewish/Chanukah-in-the-City.htm

Sunday, December 22 at 5 PM – A Hanukkah Extravaganza will be held in South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg this first night of Hanukkah, the 17th Annual Hanukkah Event presented by Chabad of St. Petersburg, with hot latkes, entertainment, music, and family fun. 

Sunday, December 22 at 5 PM – First Night Hanukkah Party hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg Mitzvah Men’s Club and Sisterhood, with latke and sufganiyot (doughnut) bar and lighting of the Hanukkiah outside. inside, enjoy the family menorah lighting in the social hall. https://www.cbistpete.org/

Sunday, December 22, 5-6:30 PM – Congregation Mekor Shalom’s 7th annual Hanukkah party will feature a communal menorah lighting, latke bar, sweets, dreidl spin-off, and a sing-along. For kids 8 and younger, there will be story time and crafts. For children grades 7-10, there will be a wrapped gift exchanged of items. The synagogue is at 14005A N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. For details:  https://www.mekorshalom.org/

Sunday, December 22, 5 PM – Congregation Or Ahavah of Tampa will have candle lighting and potluck Hanukkah party with music and stories at the home of a congregant, with dairy/fish/vegetable potluck. RSVP to OrAhavahTampa@gmail.com with the number of people and what you’ll be bringing to share and address will be given to you upon receipt of RSVP. http://orahavah.org/

Sunday, December 22, 5 – 7 PM – Congregation Beth Tefillah/JCC of West Pasco, 9841 Scenic Dr., Port Richey, holds its Hanukkah Gala and candlelighting at the synagogue. There will be latkes and other goodies to nosh, and lighting of a large menorah. Children and families are especially welcome. RSVP to 727-847-3814 so the synagogue will prepare the correct amount of food and refreshments. https://jccwestpascobethtefillah.net/

Sunday, December 22, 5 PM – Chabad of Brandon holds its fourth annual Hanukkah Festival at Winthrop Town Centre, 11109 Winthrop market St., Riverview, when an 8-foot menorah will be lit and hot latkes and chocolate gelt will be offered to all. New this year will be a gelt launching tournament in which all participants will get to create their own gelt launcher and then participate in head-to-head competition until a champ is crowned. the Chabad’s CTeen chapter will be collecting clothes for the needy, seeking new and gently used clothing, especially sweatshirts, jackets, and sneakers. Kosher hot dogs and drinks will be avialable for purchase. All are welcome. For information, visit jewishbrandon.com/chanukah, or call 813-571-8100. 

Sunday, December 22 at 5:30 PM. Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater’s Chanukah Celebration for all ages, generously supported by the CBS Sisterhood & Brotherhood. Please RSVP to let us know to expect you at https://www.cbsclearwater.org/event/sisterhood–brotherhood-event-chanukah-holiday-program.html

Sunday, December 22nd, 5:30-7:30 PM – Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa, holds its annual congregational Hanukkah party. The fun begins outside as congregants light a giant hanukkiah. Then they head indoors to spin the dreidel, eat latkes and other food, play games, listen to music and dance with family and friends. All are welcome. https://www.kolami.org/

Sunday, December 22, 5:30-8:00 PM – Chanukah Candle Lighting at Armature Works with Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 1910 N. Ola Ave. CSZ’s clergy will lead traditional Chanukah blessings and songs. After the 6:15 candle lighting, you may enjoy the area on your own. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377.

Sunday, December 22nd, 5:30 PM – Chabad Jewish Center of West Pasco hosts an open-to-all Hanukkah celebration at Trinity Park, 11530 Trinity Blvd., Trinity, with a lighting of the menorah, live entertainment, local dignitaries, kosher food and more. For details, call 727-376-3366. https://www.chabadwp.com/

Sunday, December 22nd, 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Chabad of Pinellas County invites you to its annual Chanukah on Ice at TBSA Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 US19N., Clearwater. Ice skating, music, kids crafts, hot latkes & donuts, chocolate gelt, balloons, fun for the whole family, and menorah lighting @6:30 PM. For details & RSVP, visit https://www.yichabad.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4184645/jewish/Chanukah-on-Ice.htm

Monday, December 23, 4-6 PM – A giant Hanukkah celebration in front of the Surft Style Mega Store, 315 Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, is hosted by Chabad of Clearwater, with a show by Todd Charles The Moogician, who has traveled the world with his magic, juggling, music, and comedy show. A highlight will be kindling of the large, surprise-themed edible menorah. There will be hot latkes, dreidels for kids, music, a chocolate gelt drop from a Clearwater Fire ladder track, a Hanukkah prize wheel, doughnuts, and more. To RSVP or for details, call 727-265-2770, or visit https://www.Jewish Clearwater.com or email rabbi18@gmail.com

Monday, December 23, 5 PM – Chabad of Brandon brings you a menorah lighting and New York Deli favorites, including pastrami and corned beef on rye and authentic sour pickles will highlight the SouthShore Hanukkah Celebration at the Mirabay Club, 207 Point Harbor Lane, Apollo Beach. The event features a pop-up New York deli and live music by Boris of the Freylach Band. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. For RSVP, full menu, and food pricing, visit jewishbrandon.com/NYDeli

Monday, December 23, 7:00 PM — the Tampa Bay Lightning features Jewish Heritage Night at the Amalie Arena 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, 33602. Your ticket includes a custom Lightning pin and a kosher meal. There will be a menorah lighting on the at 6:15 PM. For additional information, contact Sam Reiner or call 813.301.6814.

Tuesday, December 24th, 9 PM – 1 AM –VodkaLatke for Jewish singles and couples, ages 20s, 30s & 40s, at NYKL Westshore, 4606 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa. Music by DJ Makmade. Gourmet latkes, hors d’oeuvres & desserts. Doors open at 8:30 pm. For tickets and information visit https://www.jewishtampa.com/federation-impact/impact/vodka-latke or contact lisa.robbins@jewishtampa.com

Tuesday, December 24th, 3 PM – Family-friendly bowling party with Congregation Schaarai Zedek at Pinarama Bowling, 5008 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, with snacks, two hours of unlimited bowling (shoe rental included), and third night candlelighting with pizza/drinks for all bowlers. Adults and children welcome. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377.

Tuesday, December 24th, 5:30 PM – Adults Chinese Dinner at Yummy House China Bistro (2620 E. Hillsborough Ave.) with adults of all ages with Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa. Candles for the third night of Chanukah will be lit. RSVPs requested by December 17th. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377.

Wednesday, December 25th 8 AM – Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa calls for 20s+30s volunteers to brighten the day for the resident children at Children’s Home Network. Spend time with kids whose hearts are filled with gratitude. Bring your smile and willingness to serve. Meet at Children’s Home (10909 Memorial Hwy) at 8 AM. RSVP online at https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377, ext. 246.

Thursday, December 26th, 11 AM to Noon – The Phyllis Borell JetSetters meet at the JCC on the Cohn Campus for a Hanukkah program that includes entertainment by the Matanah Trio, latkes, dreidels, and candle lighting with JCC preschoolers, followed by lunch. Adults of all ages are welcome. Details at: https://www.jcccohncampus.com/programs/adults/the-phyllis-borell-jettsetters-program

Friday, December 27th – Temple Beth David of Spring Hills’ women’s Rosh Chodesh group gathers to explore, learn, grow, and move with the Hebrew calendar at the time of the new moon. For time and place of meeting, contact Nancy Schreibr at 305-439-7427 or email nancytbd@gmail.comhttps://www.tbdfl.org/

Friday, December 27th, 5:15 PM – Hanukkah in Shanghai Shabbat Service & Dinner at Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg. All-you-can-eat Chinese food buffet with beer and wine included. Child care available. RSVP by Friday, December 20th. Details: https://www.cbistpete.org/event/hanukkahdinner

Friday, December 27th, 5:45 PM – Chanukah Candle Lighting & Shabbat Service at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Bring your own menorah for the candle lighting, followed by brief Shabbat service at 6 PM.  https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377 for information.

Friday, December 27th, 6 PM – Congregation Beth Am of Tampa presents its annual Chanukah Potluck Supper. Bring your Chanukiah and a dairy or vegetarian dish starting at 6:00 PM (Men’s Club Potato Latkes included). Annual CBA Menorah Building Contest rules are that your entry must have spaces for 8 candles and 1 shamash (The candles should all be at the same level to be considered kosher), it doesn’t burn the Temple down and the wilder the better! (Keep it family friendly wild please) The contest is limited to 1 entry per family or person and there will be prizes. Eat, light, schmooze, and stay to welcome Shabbat.

Friday, December 27th, 6:15 PM – Chabad of Pinellas County presents a Chanukah Shabbat Dinner with gourmet food with a Chanukah Twist by Sylvia’s Catering. A warm community atmosphere and jokes and inspirawtion by Rabbi Pinchas Adler at Chabad at 3696 Fisher Rd., Palm Harbor. For cost, information, menu, and RSVP, visit https://www.yichabad.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4184648/jewish/Chanukah-Dinner-5780.htm

Friday, December 27th, 7:30 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon invites the community to bring and light hanukkiahs in tonight’s Hanukkah service. 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon 33511. For information: 813-681-6547.

Sunday, December 28th, 5:30 PM – Temple Beth David of Spring Hill celebrates its annual Night of 100 Menorahs, with complete catered meal, singing, gelt, dreidels, presents for the kids, and family fun. For cost and other details, visit https://www.tbdfl.org/ and RSVP online. 

Sunday, December 29th, 11 AM – at Raymond James Stadium, Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebration of Jewish Community Day, beginning with pre-game tailgate feature the Big Picture band. Enjoy lunch of hot latkes, kosher hot dogs and snacks. Giant menorah lighting features special guest, Buccaneers Co-Chair Bryan Glazer. During the game will be a replay of the menorah lighting on the stadium’s giant BucVision screens. For cost and other details, visit Buccaneers.com/JHD, or contact Skylar Whitman at 813-638-8508, or email swhitman@buccaneers.nfl.com

Sunday, December 29th, 2 PM – The Sisterhood and Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Israel, 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, hold an annual Hanukkah party in the temple’s social hall. There will be potato latkes and jelly doughnuts. Reservations limited to the first 96 members of the temple to sign up. For cost and information, call the temple office at 813-634-2590 by December 23rd. Visit https://jcscc.org/

Sunday, December 29th, 3 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon 33511, offers “Let’s Chat: Not Your Religious School’s Chanukah Story.” We all know the Chanukah story; rarely do we talk about the violent guerilla campaign led by the Maccabees and the later zealotry recorded in the Book of Maccabees. Learn of the full story and respond to more violent moments in Jewish history. For information: 813-681-6547.

Sunday, December 29th, 5 PM – There will be a Hanukkah candle making workshop, candle lighting, and more when Chabad of Brandon Holds a Hanukkah community celebration at Park Square, 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia, in Fishhawk Ranch. Chocolate gelt will rain down on the crowd via parachutes, and Hanukkah music will play during the festivities. All are welcome. For information, visit jewishbrandon.com/Chanukah, or call 813-571-8100.    

Sunday, December 29th, 5 PM – Join Chabad at Wiregrass for the Chanukah Street Fair at The Shops at Wiregrass in front of Dillards, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be food, fun activities for the whole family, the Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration, DJ, balloon making, face painting, stilt walker, hip hop dancing, kid activities, latkes and chocolate gelt, entertainment from Reko of Ninja Warrior—who will bring along obstacle courses and rock climbing wall for all to try out. All are welcome. Visit https://www.chabadatwiregrass.com/ for details.

Sunday, December 29th, 6-9 PM – Young Israel of Tampa presents its 15th Annual Chanukah On Ice, featuring lighting of a sculpted Grand Ice Menorah and ice skating to Jewish music around the flaming menorah on this 8th night of Chanukkah. Admission includes skate rental. Kosher food stand, arts & crafts, latkes and special raffle will be available. The event takes place at Advent Health Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel, 813-803-7372. Sponsorship opportunities available. For details and to RSVP to 813-832-3018, www.youngisraeloftampa.org.

Monday, December 30th – Monday, January 6th – Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa is sponsoring a camp during winter break. Camp operates 8 AM – 3 PM all days except for New Year’s Day and the weekend, with before and aftercare available. It is open to all children in the community pre-K through 6th grade. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, and games. For information on pricing and to sign up, visit https://www.rsholom.org/


JANUARY And Later

Friday, January 3rd, 2020, 7 PM – Congregation Schaarai Zedek invites you to its Jews By Choice Shabbat Service. Members of the 2019-2020 Intro to Judaism class will share their thoughts on becoming Jewish as part of this meaningful Shabbat. https://www.zedek.org/ or call 813-876-2377 for information.

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – 10 AM – noon – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon 33511, presents its monthly Torah study group to discuss the Torah portion. All are welcome, members and nonmembers both. A light nosh is served. For information: 813-681-6547.

Sunday, January 5, 2020Bowling & PJ Library Book Exchange, Register by 12/30. Bring a PJ Library book, and get a new one when you exchange it with your PJ Library friends. Spend the day with your friends bowling and a pizza lunch. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2601589216629292/

January 10-19, 2020 – Innovocative Theatre of Tampa (1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Building #151, Tampa 33602) presents A Shayne Maidel by Barbara Lebow. After surviving World War II, Lusia is reunited with her father and sister in America. Through a series of memories and fantasies, Lusia explores the joys and sorrows of her life before the war. A heartwarming and hopeful story about a Jewish family finding their way back to each other. Shows are at 8 PM or 3 PM, depending on date. For information and tickets, visit https://innovocativetheatre.org/up-next/ or call 813-374-2416, ext. 1.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 – 1 PM – 3 PMFestival 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, TampaTickets 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.

Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:30 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon’s Choir will be lifting their voices in tonight’s service. 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon 33511. For information: 813-681-6547.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3 PM – The 8th annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, presented by the International Diplomatic Corps of Florida to honor the victims of the Nazi Era, including Six Million Jews begins at 3 PM. The event takes place at PTEC- Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, FL, 3548 11th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. Invitations are required and available by request: contact jmelamut@idcfl.org.

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/

January 27-29, 2020 – Save the Dates for the 47th Annual Art Festival of Temple Beth-El of St. Petersburg at the temple. The exhibition and sale will showcase 170 national and international award-winning artists, featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, and jewelry in six galleries. Highlights of the event will include a Saturday evening gala, a new panel discussion with local art professionals, luncheon and docent-led tour, all on Monday. Open to the entire community. Visit https://www.templebeth-el.com/

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – The Tampa JCC & Federation invites the Tampa Bay community to “play ball” in the Annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament, now at Skyway Park. Details will be announced at https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/programs/events/softball

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 jennifer.goldberg@jewishtampa.com | 813.769.4738.  The following programs are scheduled:

  • 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

Sunday, January 20th, 10-11 AM – The Tampa JCC at the Cohn Campus features a program to engage families with young children to explore values and traditions. This month’s theme is Mitzvah Mania. For information, contact Jen Goldberg at 813-769-4738 or email jen.goldberg@jewishtampa.com.

Saturday, January 26, 2020 – The Jewish Federation of Tampa’s Annual President’s Dinner features 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 michelle.gallagher@jewishtampa.com, or call 813-739-1687.

Monday, January 28, 2020, 6 PM – The documentary SEDERS AND CIGARS: A History of the Jews of Tampa, will be screened at The Tampa Bay History Center at 6 PM. Details to be announced. Visit http://www.sedersandcigars.com/ and https://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 9 AM  – The Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services presents its Walk and Run for Refugees at War Veterans’ Memorial Park, 9600 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Start time for the 5K race is 9 AM. A chip-time 5K race and non-chip-timed 1 mile walk on a family friendly course are included, along with post-race activities. Proceeds support Gulf Coast JFCS’s role in assisting refugees fleeing persecution and displacement. Details at https://gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org/run-for-refugees/

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 6:30 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon. JCC on the Cohn CampusTickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival

Sunday, February 16th, 2020, 10-11 AM – The Tampa JCC at the Cohn Campus features a program to engage families with young children to explore values and traditions. This month’s theme is Caring for Earth and Environment. For information, contact Jen Goldberg at 813-769-4738 or email jen.goldberg@jewishtampa.com.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020, 7 PM  – Save the date for Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater’s 8th Annual Purim Gala: “We’re Going To The Catskills!” Details: https://www.cbsclearwater.org/annual-purim-gala.html

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 6:30 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio,. JCC on the Cohn CampusTickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival

Sunday, March 15th, 2020, 10-11 AM – The Tampa JCC at the Cohn Campus features a program to engage families with young children to explore values and traditions. This month’s theme is Kindness to Animals. For information, contact Jen Goldberg at 813-769-4738 or email jen.goldberg@jewishtampa.com.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 JCCTickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival

Sunday, April 19th, 2020, 10-11 AM – The Tampa JCC at the Cohn Campus features a program to engage families with young children to explore values and traditions. This month’s theme is Health and Wellness. For information, contact Jen Goldberg at 813-769-4738 or email jen.goldberg@jewishtampa.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 6:30 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Melanie Benjamin, author of Mistress of the Ritz. Bryan Glazer Family JCCTickets 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, 2020, 6:30 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Michael David Lukas, author of The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. Bryan Glazer Family JCCTickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival

Sunday, May 17th, 2020, 10-11 AM – The Tampa JCC at the Cohn Campus features a program to engage families with young children to explore values and traditions. This month features a Bedtime Pajama Party. For information, contact Jen Goldberg at 813-769-4738 or email jen.goldberg@jewishtampa.com.

For a detailed list of Tampa Bay Area region and surrounding regional happenings, visit:
https://jewishintampabay.com
https://jewishpinellas.org/calendar
https://www.jewishtampa.com/community-calendar
https://jfedsrq.org/community-calendar
https://jewishcharlotte.org/community-calendar
https://orlandojewishfed.org



The stunning WMNF 40th Birthday Party was a fabulous celebration at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019 with a sold-out crowd celebrating WMNF. In addition to a spectacular show by St. Paul & The Broken Bones, WMNF had on display a fantastic collection of photos, articles, and station memorabilia from the past 40 years, with a tribute to long time show hosts, volunteers, and staff that included a touching memorial to Mike Eisenstadt. To be present at this event as a part of WMNF and The Sunday Simcha was quite special.

WMNF Celebrated 40 Years with a Spectacular Birthday Celebration on 9/14/19 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum



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.

Canadian Concert/Recording Artist/Composer Aviva Chernick

Canadian Concert/Recording Artist/Composer Aviva Chernick


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 Rande@jewishintampabay.com or  community@jewishintampabay.com. 

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/!


Rabbi Nathan Farb of Tampa’s Cong. Schaarai Zedek on our 7.7.19 Sunday Simcha


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 6.6.19

The Sunday Simcha 6.16.19 with (L to R) Zachary Aborizk, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Mark C. Guthrie, and Rande Friedman


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.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE SUNDAY SIMCHA ON OUR FALL PLEDGE DRIVE ON OCTOBER 6th. 

WMNF Sunday Simcha Summer Pledge Drive Show 6.23.19

Laura Taylor & Shlomo Schwersky join Joy Katzen-Guthrie on The Sunday Simcha Summer Pledge Drive Show.


DONATIONS ARE WELCOME YEAR-ROUND
 to support this station and this program
. The easiest way is to click the Tip Jar above with any donation—or take advantage of the great premiums for donors below. Select a premium and make your pledge and voila! It will be on its way.

Available for a $54 pledge are these:

Ora de Despertar(Time To Wake Up): CD of original Ladino children’s music by Sarah Aroeste (signed)
• Eternal: a Jewish Historical Novel by award-winning author Dara Horn
• Sinners and the Sea: a novel by Rebecca Kanner (signed)
• Stand With Israel T-shirt: available in S, M, L, XL, and 2X
• The Histories of the Jewish People of Pinellas County: 700+ pages of Jewish history/photographs of Pinellas County by Herman Koren
• Three-CD Set
of Jewish music by Joy Katzen-Guthrie: Seasons of Joy/The Heart of Ancient Promise/How Good and How Pleasant (signed by request)

• And many other gifts from the WMNF collection upon your request when you make a pledge including the WMNF 40-Year RadioActive T-Shirt


Available for an $88.50 annual pledge as a Circle of Friends member ($7.37/mo)
The WMNF 40th Anniversary Radioactive T-shirt.


Available for Circle of Friends Members pledging $50A Month($600 annually):
Your name/dedication inscribed in stone on WMNF’s People’s Patio.


To Make A Pledge:

√  Call the office line at 813-238-8003 and indicate your support is for The Sunday Simcha.
√  Click the tip jar on this page to pledge in honor of The Sunday Simcha or pick up a premium with a pledge below.
√  Email us during the week at sundaysimcha@gmail.com.
√  Call our program during the show to speak with Joy and make your pledge at 813-239-9663.
√  Or visit The Sunday Simcha Facebook page and leave a message for Joy at www.facebook.com/sundaysimcha.

Thank You Gifts available from The Sunday Simcha
Eternal, A Novel, by Dara Horn
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A copy of the novel Eternal, by award-winning author Dara Horn.

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Joy Katzen-Guthrie: Three CD Set
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This three CD-set of Joy Katzen-Guthrie’s original collection of Jewish songs includes SEASONS OF JOY features songs/narration explaining the holidays of the Jewish year. THE HEART OF ANCIENT PROMISE features Yiddish & Hebrew standards (with English translations). HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT features music from the Friday evening Shabbat service. Upon your request, the CD’s will be signed.

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Sinners and the Sea, for Sunday Simcha
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A signed copy of Rebecca Kanner’s novel about the great flood and the life of Noah’s wife.

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History of the Jewish People of Pinellas County, for Sunday Simcha
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Learn about the individuals and families who built the Jewish community in Pinellas County from Dr. Herman Koren’s extensive research of the Jewish people, organizations, and history/development of Pinellas County from 1883-2005. A monumental volume more than a decade in the writing, of enormous interest to any who desire to know of the Jewish history of the West Central Region of Florida.

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Sarah Aroeste CD: Ora de Despertar, for Sunday Simcha
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A signed copy of Ladino artist Sarah Aroeste’s children’s CD, Ora de Despertar

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Stand with Israel T-Shirt, for Sunday Simcha
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Stand with Israel T-Shirt

Available in:

S (one available)

M (one available)

L (six available)

XL (five available)

and 2X (one available)

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40th Anniversary WMNF Brick Paver
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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

You can set in stone your love of WMNF on our People’s Patio! Put your name or dedicate it to a loved one! 100% tax-deductible!  For a limited time includes a WMNF 40th Anniversary logo.  Be a part of the celebration get the paver for a Circle of Friends monthly contribution of $50.00.

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These are exclusive gifts of The Sunday Simcha, more Thank You gifts available

Hosted By...

Joy Katzen-Guthrie  sundaysimcha@gmail.com

Joining the Sunday Simcha as its new host in June 2019 is Palm Harbor-based Cantorial Leader and Jewish educator/concert/recording artist (among other genres of music) Joy Katzen-Guthrie.

A resident of the Tampa Bay region since 1981, Joy is originally from Memphis. She moved to this area after receiving degrees in broadcast communications and music from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, becoming active with the Jewish community immediately after relocating to the area—at the time joining Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater (in 1981) and serving in volunteer positions with that synagogue and with the JCC and Pinellas Jewish Federation. In the years since, she served as Cantorial Leader with congregations in Gainesville, Bradenton, Sarasota, and the Tampa Bay region as well as a visiting concert artist/cantorial soloist/scholar in residence for congregations and educational organizations outside our area. She has been a concert artist of Jewish and much other music, and is a longtime instructor/concert artist for OLLI at Eckerd College (from 2000 to present) and USF OLLI (from 2000-2006) along with a number of other educational programs. Many of those courses are of Jewish interest in addition to music history and culture, music of stage/film, and other subjects related to entertainment. She served as a creator and scholar in residence for six Jewish heritage tours to China and another to Turkey and has developed Jewish heritage tours to other areas of the world in conjunction with several travel agencies that have offered those tours to their clients. Joy also has been a contributor to the Encyclopedia Judaica on the subject of the Jews of Alaska, and she speaks nationwide on the subject of the Jews of China.

Joy's husband, Mark Guthrie, with whom she operates Tune-of-the-Century Music®, a recording studio and music/audio engineering services, will assist Joy on the program as Executive Producer.

Joy has radio experience as well. When she moved to the Bay Area in 1981, she joined WPLP News/Talk Radio as Traffic Director, then Executive Producer and finally Operations Manager; she also was an announcer/producer and Public Affairs Director for WXCR Classics 92 and traffic reporter for WDAE/W101, all in the 80s. She has retained a part-time voiceover career in addition to music in the years since.

Joy had an association with longtime Sunday Simcha host Mike Eisenstadt, appearing as a guest on his program several times (and on other programs at WMNF) in addition to working often with Mike’s band and Simcha host Kevin Frye through the early 90s. She traveled to Israel with Mike and his group in 1999.

Her vision of Sunday Simcha involves a wide variety of Jewish music from around the world—traditional and contemporary, Ashkenazic, Chassidic and Sephardic, Yemenite and African, European, Latin American, Oriental, American, liturgical, stage, and folk—and of course, a wide collection of Israeli artists from a range of recorded music of Israel and the Middle East from the mid-20th century to the present. She envisions free-ranging musical programs as well as themed programs developed around holidays and Jewish festivals and various subjects of Jewish life, as well as composers, performers, and genres. Another aspect of the show will be features with the region’s Jewish clergy and community leaders along with visiting artists, speakers, and scholars to the Tampa Bay area.

For Joy, the aesthetic experience of Jewish music and Jewish culture and its significance culturally and historically from around the world is of great interest, and she'll share her enthusiasm of those subjects with listeners.

Shlomo & Jordyn Schwersky  sundaysimcha@gmail.com

After serving for more than a decade as hosts of The Sunday Simcha, Shlomo and Jordyn Schwersky retired as hosts in June 2019—but we are so pleased they will continue to be heard as guest hosts for The Sunday Simcha when Joy is unable to be present because of prior commitments or travel.

Shlomo moved to Clearwater in 1972 and has been an active member of the Jewish community ever since, and a WMNF volunteer beginning in 1984 when he first hosted WMNF’s morning show and afternoon drive time show. He joined Kevin Frye as co-host of the Sunday Simcha in December of 2010 until Kevin's untimely passing in 2016, when he took over as host of The Sunday Simcha with his daughter, Jordyn, who joined the program as a contributor in 2014.

Jordyn Schwersky was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area and has been an active member of the Jewish community since attending pre-school at the Golda Meir Jewish Community Center. She received her Bachelors degree in Journalism and spent five months working as a reporter at the Jerusalem Post in Israel. Jordyn began her stint with the Sunday Simcha by joining Kevin and Shlomo as a guest host until she became Shlomo's official co-host in 2016. She has been honored to bring her voice to the Tampa Bay airwaves.

Both Shlomo and Jordyn devoted themselves to expanding the WMNF Sunday Simcha music programming, particularly with regard to current and rising artists. Their devotion to Jewish music, Jewish culture, and Israel shines through everything they do and has added a unique and fulfilling distinction to the Simcha that has made it a favorite with listeners around the world, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

Kevin Frye  

Kevin Frye served as host of The Sunday Simcha from 2005 (taking over the show after Mike Eisenstadt's passing), until his own passing in December 2016 at only age 48.

How does one describe an individual as vital, gifted, and beloved as Kevin Frye? "He was a teacher who touched countless lives in his career, a dedicated man of faith, and wonderful friend to so many," said his friend and colleague John Stephan to Creative Loafing magazine in 2016. The words only begin to capture what Kevin was to all of us.

He came to the Tampa Bay Area in 1972 from his native New York, graduating from USF with a Master's Degree in Music Conducting after undergraduate studies in trumpet performance.

And boy could Kevin make that trumpet sing! His instrument and his voice became a centerpiece of The Mike Eisenstadt Band for more than 15 years until Mike died—after which he took over the band, serving as its Director until his death 11 years later. He was also a dedicated member of the Florida Wind Band, as well as Orchestra Director at Madison Middle School, where his love and enthusiasm for music influenced everyone who met him and served as an inspiration to his students.

Kevin was devoted to the Tampa Jewish community, not only through music, but through participation in community events and synagogue life. He was a gift to The Sunday Simcha, keeping it alive after all of us were stunned to lose Mike, and he brought continuing joy to all in the Tampa Bay Community and to listeners of the Simcha around the world.

Mike Eisenstadt   

The name Mike Eisenstadt remains a legend in the Jewish community of Florida and well beyond. Mike not only brought joy through Jewish music, but was renowned in Jewish life and community life in Tampa Bay. No matter where he went around town, it seemed as if everybody knew Mike. Originally from Bristol, Rhode Island, he caught the music bug from his multi-generation family of klezmer musicians. The “Buckler Family Band” gathered for many a family simcha and community event.

But it was The Tampa Jewish Federation's need for music entertainment for a fundraising gala in 1988 that inspired the creation of The Mike Eisenstadt Band—which for the next 27 years under Mike's direction became the band that everyone Jewish (and many others) in Florida called for a Simcha—locally in the Tampa Bay Area, as a touring and recording group, and as one of the state's most successful rock'n'roll party bands.

But klezmer was Mike’s musical love. Taking over as producer and host of The Sunday Simcha in December 1985 after the departure to Miami of Oded Salpeter, the program's original host (1980-1985 as The Jewish Sound), Mike renamed the two-hour broadcast The Sunday Simcha in 1986 after asking listeners to suggest a new name. From more than 100 submissions, he selected the name The Sunday Simcha and devoted himself wholeheartedly to WMNF Radio and his radio audience.

A highlight of Mike's shows was his "Mazel Tov" section at 11:45 AM. The segment became increasingly popular as more and more listeners called or wrote Mike to provide their "mazel tov's." Including announcements of meetings, events, and news of interest to the Jewish community, Mike expanded The Sunday Simcha to the role of community bulletin board. Frequent guests visited the show to discuss a wide variety of issues, ideas, and concerns of the Jewish community. Combined with diverse Jewish music and comedy, the program was great fun to hear and gained a tremendous audience. All in a pre-internet/email era, by the way—when Mike invited listeners to mail in their announcements, news, ideas, and comments to the station's street address, then on Nebraska Avenue—and a steady stream of them did.

As an authority on Jewish humor, Mike served as a lecturer for the Florida Humanities Council as well. He and his wife Debbi were founding members of Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa, where Mike was a constant presence and served a term as President. In 2001, after 25 years as a volunteer Jewish community activist, Mike took over as Director of Community Relations for the Tampa Jewish Federation. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of the Tampa Jewish Federation and Jewish National Fund as well as a co-founder of Tampa PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting).

Then there were the trips to Israel that Mike and Debbi organized and led. Many in the community experienced the fun, insight, and discovery anew of Israel through traveling with Mike.

In 2003, Mike and his band recorded a first collection, "Ta'am," that included contributions from Cantor Moshe Friedler, at Bill Dudley's studios north of Tampa (Yes, that's host of WMNF's Live Music Showcase, Bill Dudley). In late 2004, as he battled cancer, he and his band joyfully recorded his CD "Chazak!" ("Strength!") at Morrisound Studios in Tampa and enjoyed a massive CD release party in early 2005 in which the entire Jewish community and many more turned out.

When Mike passed away in September of 2005, the entire Tampa Bay community and Sunday Simcha listenership felt a gaping hole. Just before he died, the Tampa Jewish Federation honored Mike and Debbi for their contribution to the Tampa Bay community. After his death, in 2006, WMNF Radio dedicated the “Mike Eisenstadt Live Music Studio”—still so named today—an integral part of life at WMNF Radio and the studio from which live broadcasts continue to emanate.

For eleven years after Mike's death, Kevin Frye took over as bandleader and retained the name "The Mike Eisenstadt Band” to carry on Mike's legacy and music. After Kevin Frye's untimely death in 2016 and again after the passing of one of the band's devoted longtime pianists, Bonnie Lefkof (Bonnie Lynd) in 2018, the surviving members of Mike's band have continued to perform individually, though the collective joyous force that was The Mike Eisenstadt Band now lives only in unending memory and in the joy of his recordings. It is possible still to view the band's website as it remained before Kevin's death at http://www.eisenstadtband.com.