THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ August 18, 2019 ~ 16 Av, 5779
Shlomo and Jordyn Schwersky return to host the Sunday Simcha this Sunday, August 18th, bringing an eclectic and vibrant mix of music and commentary in addition to a delightful interview with Rabbi/Comedian Bob Alper and the Dvar Torah by Rabbi Uriel Rivkin of Young Israel of Tampa. Listen to The Sunday Simcha Sundays from 1-2 PM on WMNF Community Radio 88.5 FM Tampa, or via this page or on the WMNF App. The program remains in the archives for live streaming or downloading until the following program on August 25, 2019. Joy returns August 25th to host a special Leonard Bernstein/Broadway/American Jewish music salute on The Sunday Simcha.
LAST WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ August 11, 2019 ~ 9 Av, 5779
This program remains in the archives until August 18, 2019. You may stream the program or download it by right clicking 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.
The Sunday Simcha on August 11th was devoted to Tisha b’Av with a moving program of a cappella music by individuals, groups, choirs and traditional cantillation. Poignant and uplifting a cappella music was presented by The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella, Milken Archive of Jewish Music, The Shasha Family of The Netherlands, Eli Gerstner and The Chevra, Simcha Leiner, The Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir, Kippalive, The Yedidim Choir, singer/songwriter Elaine Silver, Cantor Azi Schwartz, and Ofir Ben Shitrit among others. Rabbi Pinchas Adler of Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County offered a moving message for Tisha b’Av and its possibility and hope for all of us.
GIFT CD DOWNLOAD ~ Cantor Azi Schwartz and the German National Radio Choir of Berlin
On our recent programs, we have featured breathtaking performances of Sim Shalom, Kaddish, and Hatikvah 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 download of every song within this collection as a gift, via his own site. You may hear as well as download his recording of the performances in the collection by visiting 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 will be appearing in concert at the Sarasota Opera House on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 7 PM, sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota. For information on tickets (which go on sale Beginning August 25th), call 941.328.1300 at the Opera House or call the Temple office at 941.955.8121.
KUDOS TO DAVID GLICKMAN!
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 this month to JewishinTampaBay.com. Read David’s entertaining feature at https://jewishintampabay.com/i-was-my-grandmothers-ghost-writer/!
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 appreciation to The Jewish Press of Tampa Bay (Pinellas/Hillsborough) for its extensive feature on The Sunday Simcha 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/.
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. Our thanks to Rabbi Pinchas Adler of Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County, Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Rabbi Aaron Lever of Menorah Manor, Rabbi Nathan Farb of Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa, Ron Becker, Spiritual Leader of the West Pasco JCC/Beth Tefillah, Rabbi Joshua Lobel of Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater, Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever, Spiritual Leader of Congregation Mekor Shalom of Tampa, and Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am of Tampa for joining us in our last eight broadcasts, as well as to our guests in the studio, Rande Friedman—who discussed his new web site connecting 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 also mentioned that he is 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 email@example.com. And our thanks to Allison Oakes of Hillel Academy of Tampa for joining us in the studio as well as Rabbi Danielle Upbwin-Weizman and Matt Bar and MysterE of Bible Raps for joining us in an interview regarding their community-wide KESHER event at Temple B’nai Israel on August 18th.
Each week’s program also is spiced with a touch of humor via A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth. We have enjoyed humor from Tampa Area-based comedian David Glickman (https://davidglickman.com), the brilliant Victor Borge (Borge Rosenbaum), Allan Sherman, Stan Freberg, Benji Lovitt, Elon Gold, and the 1965 hit comedy LP, You Don’t Have to Be Jewish.
Listen to The Sunday Simcha Sundays from 1-2 PM at 88.5 FM in the Tampa Bay region as well as via live-streamed and archived broadcasts on this page and on your phone via the WMNF App.
TAMPA BAY KEHILLAH CALENDAR
A SAMPLING OF COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
WEEK OF August 4, 2019 AND BEYOND
Details are provided below. Send us word of your community events and news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 12, 7-9 PM: Shuffleboard Showdown at Tampa Height’s only indoor shuffleboard venue. Food, drink and shuffleboard. 2612 North Tampa Street (Just north of Columbus Avenue). For details, visit https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/bryan-glazer-family-jcc-/gather
Thursday, August 15th at 6 PM: Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa features an 80’s Music Bingo Night. Play, sing and dance to some top hits from the 80’s and prizes. The evening includes chorizo dinner, bingo, snacks, and fun. Registration required at https://www.rsholom.org/event/music-bingo.html.
Beginning August 14th, Hillel Academy of Tampa begins complimentary bus service for students all over the Tampa Bay area, starting with the Fall semester of 2019. More information is available by calling 813.963.2242, visiting https://hillelacademytampa.com, or emailing email@example.com
Thursday, August 15th, 6 PM – Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa (2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa 33629) presents an 80s Music Bingo Night. Play, sing, and dance to top hits from the 80s and win prizes. Chorizo dinner, bingo cards, are snacks are included. Registration is required. For details, call 813-837-1911 or visit https://www.rsholom.org/.
Sunday, August 18th from 11 AM to 1 PM: Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa, holds an open house to welcome its new rabbi, Rabbi Rachel Blatt and her family. Food and games will be available. For information, call 813-962-6338.
Sunday, August 18th, The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents the community-wide KESHER event, CHAI LIFE: HEALTH, SELF AND COMMUNITY at Temple B’nai Israel, 1985 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater. 9 AM (registration and coffee) followed by 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Program and Community Lunch. For all ages, with learning, events and programs for kids, teens, adults. For details, visit https://www.jewishpinellas.org.
Wednesday, August 21st, 11 AM and 7 PM, The Bryan Glazer Family JCC presents its first annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Summer Film Series event, “Winter Hunt,” at Carrollwood Village Cinemas, 11778 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. The box office opens one hour prior to showtime. For information, visit https://www.tbjff.org/home-page/2019-festival-films/winter-hunt.
Wednesday, August 21st, 1-3 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum (55 -5th Street, S., St. Petersburg) presents “Lights in the Darkness,” an Arts About Town Excursion. This guided tour includes a private presentation by Professor Emeritus Howard Kerner, “Heroes of the Holocaust: Noble Tales Emerging from the Darkness.” Transportation is available, registration required. For details and registration, call 813-291-2253.
Wednesday, August 21st, 6:30-8:30 PM, The Bryan Glazer Family JCC presents Connection to Innovation, a discussion of local innovation and industry trailblazers using technology to become more sustainable, socially responsible, efficient, and relevant in major cities around the globe. Refreshments are included. For details, call 813-575-5900 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connection-to-innovation-august-21st-tickets-63065025188
Friday, August 23rd at 7:30 PM: Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa brings Shabat en español, an uplifting service in Spanish followed by dinner. Spanish and non-Spanish speakers welcome. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Advance registration required for dinner ://www.rsholom.org/event/shabbat-en-espanol.html
Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 PM, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC will present its summer gala/fundraiser, The J’la: An Evening Benefiting the Tampa JCCs. The event will also honor Bryan Glazer for his community vision and leadership. For details, call 813-575-5900.
Sunday, August 25, 1-4 PM – JCC Scrabble Tournament, Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 North Howard Avenue, Tampa. Time to brush up on your double-letter words, anagrams and bingos. Game, snacks, prizes and more.Choose your level of competition – casual or more rigorous, you’ll be paired up to match your preference. Open to JCC members and guests of all ages and skill levels. Scrabble sets provided or bring your own. This is a casual tournament, and not an official NASPA Scrabble Tournament. Register online in advance.
Sunday, August 25, beginning at 3 PM, Young Israel of Tampa will dedicate its new Torah scroll. Final letters will be added to the Torah at 3 PM. Torah parade is at 5 PM, followed by Hakafot celebration beginning at 6 PM at the Norman Jewish Center, 13207 N. 52nd Street, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. For information, call 813-832-3018 or visit http://www.tampatorah.com.
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 Alissa.Fischel@jewishtampa.com or call 813-769-4726.
HOLD THE DATE: Sunday, November 24th, from 9:30-12:30 PM, The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents SPEAKING AND LIVING OUR VALUES, followed by lunch. For details, visit https://www.jewishpinellas.org.
HOLD THE DATE: Sunday, April 26th, 2020! The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents CONNECT TO ISRAEL, a morning program followed by lunch. For details, visit https://www.jewishpinellas.org.
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.
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THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE SUNDAY SIMCHA ON OUR SUMMER PLEDGE DRIVE
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• Gracia: a CD by Israeli Ladino artist Sarah Aroeste (signed)
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• Stand With Israel T-shirt: available in S, M, L, XL, and 2X
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