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 THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ October 13, 2019 ~ 14 Tishrei, 5780

Today’s program was devoted to festive and poignant music of Sukkot and the season by Sam Glaser, Yaffa Yarkoni, Ilanit, Judy Tellerman, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron of Beverly Hills, CA, Chava Mirel, Dovid Pearlman, Beth Styles, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Cantor Marsha Attie, The Yamma Ensemble. A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—was provided by Jerry Seinfeld—and Rabbi Pinchas Adler of Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas County joined us with Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom. The stunning a cappella presentation of Hatikvah was by Accent A Cappella.

Join me, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, for The Sunday Simcha this and every Sunday from 1-2 PM on WMNF Community Radio 88.5 FM following The Third Opinion with Mike Deeson and Laureen Jaffe, or on this page or via the WMNF App on your cellphone. Our programs remain in the archive throughout the week until the following show.

Chag Sameach—a festive, uplifting, and joyous Sukkot.

LAST WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ October 6, 2019 ~ 7 Tishri, 5779

Our first program of 5780 marked WMNF’s Fall Pledge Drive with a mix of music celebrating the New Year and preparing for Kol Nidre by Chana Rothman, Yerachmiel & Einat Biron, Jan Peerce, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, and AMIT Students in Israel. Rabbi Mendy Yarmush of Chabad Jewish Center at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel brought Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom, and A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—was supplied by cast members of the 1966 hit album, When You’re In Love, The Whole World is JewishI am so grateful to every one of our listeners who pledged to our program and who have pledged in the past and who listen to us—your support is deeply appreciated by WMNF and by everyone connected to The Sunday Simcha. THANK YOU! My thanks also to Laura Taylor for joining us on the program and assisting me with this pledge drive. I wish every one of you much much love in the year ahead and thank you again for all your kind remarks today and for supporting WMNF Community radio and The Sunday Simcha.

We did not reach our goal for this program, though we did receive many pledges and beautiful comments for which I’m grateful. It is never too late to provide a donation. If you love this program — if you hear music you enjoy and learn of cultural information, history and arts that enriches your life, support The Sunday Simcha and WMNF Radio and make your pledge in honor of The Sunday Simcha, and it will be credited to this pledge drive. Please remember us as part of your High Holy Day giving to the causes and worthy organizations that serve our Jewish community and the community as a whole. For nearly 40 years, The Sunday Simcha has been part of Tampa Bay Jewish life. Pledge via the WMNF App, via the Tip Jar via this page, or call 813-238-8001 during the business day or 813-239-9663 on the studio line during the program Sundays from 1-2 PM. Consider our pledge gifts as well, which you are able to see below. Several of them went during the program this week, but there are some lovely ones remaining. Below you may view the gifts both exclusive to our program and from the WMNF swag collection, any of which you may choose for the appropriate donation.

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

Shlomo and Jordyn Schwersky return to host the Sunday Simcha on November 10th and December 15th.

Shlomo & Jordyn will return to host on 11/10/19 and 12/15/19.

At the WMNF Volunteer Appreciation event on Sunday, August 18th, I was deeply touched to be named WMNF New Programmer of the Year 2019. I am so grateful to be acknowledged for the programs I bring you and to be part of the legacy of this broadcast. In the two months that I have had the joy of hosting The Sunday Simcha, I have been told by many—both Jewish and non-Jewish—how much this program means to you. Thank you for allowing me to represent this community and to be part of a dedicated team of broadcasters and staff at WMNF that brings creative, insightful, memorable, and important music and information to the Tampa Bay region and the entire world.

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!


Hear The Sunday Simcha every Sunday live from 1-2 PM on WMNF 88.5 FM or here at 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.


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 and at — as well as on September 6, 2019  — reprinted online at and at

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  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

SUNDAY SIMCHA GUEST AVIVA CHERNICK’s NEW CD  ~ Released September 16, 2019

Canadian concert/recording artist/composer Aviva Chernick (, 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


Rande Friedman joined us to discuss his new web site devoted to the West Central Florida Jewish Community, connecting Jewish synagogues, organizations, clergy, events, culture, food, and community in Pinellas, Pasco,  Hillsborough, Marion, Citrus, Hernando, and Polk counties at the moment, with plans to expand further into the Bradenton/Sarasota region in the future, gives you an opportunity to input your happenings, news, opinions, and experiences of Jewish life that you wish to share with our entire region. Rande is also seeking WWII vets with whom to video interviews. If that is you, please let Rande know, or if you have any questions or need information, contact Rande via the site email [email protected] or  [email protected] 

Our first A Bisl Freylichkayt on Joy’s first show of June 16, 2019 featured Tampa Bay-based comedian David Glickman (, 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 Read his feature at!

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


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


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.

October 14, 2019 AND BEYOND

The Sunday Simcha brings you the Kehillah Calendar — brief updates of community happenings in the immediate weeks ahead. Send us word of your community events and news at [email protected]

For details of individual worship services in the Tampa Bay region, visit individual congregations from these listings of all congregations in our region from

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 – 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 or contact Rachel Sperber, Director of Philanthropic Engagement at (813)-769-4770 or [email protected].

OngoingYoung Israel of Tampa seeks to complete its new Norman Jewish Library. If you would like to help, visit

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

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

Mondays, 11:15 AM AM and Wednesdays 7 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater offers Talmud classes with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class explores ancient legal traditoin and is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held following minyan from 10-11:15 AM and the Wednesday class is at 7 PM. Visit

Mondays through December 13th, 11-11:45 AM – JCC Preschool South, 2713 Bayshore Blvd.  presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].

Tuesdays, 11 AM, Ongoing – The class Sharing Life’s Lessons is held Tuesdays from 11 AM to noon at Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa. There is a different topic, readings, and leader for each weekly session. Visit

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

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

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

Wednesdays, 11:15 AM, Ongoing – Join Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov of Chabad of Clearwater for Torah and Tea, exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 AM. RSVP to [email protected], or call 727-265-2770. Visit

Wednesdays through December 13th, 11-11:45 AM – Bryan Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave.  presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].

Wednesdays, Noon-1 PM, Ongoing – Chabad of Spring Hill presents Torah study classes weekly, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszye. These classes are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch and coffee are served. For information regarding the classes, please call 352-600-2779. Visit

Wednesdays, 1:00 PM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Yossi Eber of Chabad of West Pasco for weekly Torah class. Visit

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 PM, Ongoing – Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of Kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are held at Congregation Bais Menachem Chabad of Tampa on Wednesday evenings. For information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 813-504-4432, or email [email protected]. Visit

Wednesdays, 7 PM, Ongoing – Learn more about your heritage or becoming Jewish with classes at Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa. To register, visit

Wednesdays, 7-8 PM, Ongoing – The Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg presents The Inside Story, a weekly Torah class with Rabbi Alter Korf. The class reads the Torah portion every week and every year begins the cycle again. RSVP to [email protected].

Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Bais Menacham Chabad of Tampa offers a weekly Torah class at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective. For information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 813-504-4432, or email [email protected]. Visit

Thursdays, 9:30 AM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Rosenberg on Congregation Beth Am on Thursday mornings for Talmud study. For information, contact Rabbi Rosenberg at 83-968-8511 or email [email protected]. Visit

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

Thursdays, 10:30-11 AM, Ongoing through November 21 – With the assistance of caregivers, tots participate in a non-strenuous, yet challenging class for kids 18 months and over. The main focus of Tot Tumbling is kinesthetics with the goal of improving balance, coordination, body awareness, and listening skills. By the end of the session, youngsters will feel more confident, courageous, and will have developed a good foundation for any individual sport or physical activity. For information regarding cost, contact Aviva Levine at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 813-291-2254 or [email protected].

Thursdays, 12:30 PM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Danielle Upbin for a new series of classes called Every Day Holiness, Thursdays at 12:30 PM, Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater. Students explore personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. RSVP to the synagogue office at 727-531-1418. Visit

Thursdays, 1 PM, Ongoing – Join seniors of Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater for mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes, or bridge. Cofee and cake are served. For information, contact Linda White at [email protected] or 727-276-3404.

First Thursday each month, 10-11:30 AM, Ongoing – A support group for caregivers meets at Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater. The meetings are sponsored by Empath Health. To register, call 727-735-8743 or email [email protected], or call 727-301-7884 or email [email protected].

First Thursday each month, 3:30-5 PM, Ongoing – Menorah Manor offers a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers at the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 -59th Street, N., St. Petersburg. For information, call Rabbi Aaron Lever at 727-302-3720. Visit

Fridays through December 13th, 10-10:45 AM – JCC Preschool North, 13009 Community Campus Drive., Citrus Park, presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].


On Exhibition through March 1, 2020 – The Florida Holocaust Museum’s new original exhibition, “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay, focuses on the specific civil rights history, events, challenges and achievements of the Tampa Bay/Sarasota region, which continued through the dawn of the Civil Rights era. Many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with Jim Cros laws affecting every aspect of African-American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota. The exhibit details the timeline of events and the leadership that led to desegregation and improved living conditions for the region’s African-American community and the region’s continuing struggle with racial equality. This special exhibit is offered in addition to other visiting exhibitions and the permanent collection/exhibits at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, 55 Fifth St., S.  For information, contact, call 727-820-0100.  The Florida Holocaust Museum presents its October tours on these dates/times:

  • Sunday, October 13th at 11:00am
  • Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
  • Sunday, October 20th at 11:00am
  • Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
  • Sunday, October 27th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 30th at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Various Sundays through May 17 – 10-11 AM –  The Tampa Jewish Federation presents its monthly Family Sunday Series, Sundays from 10-11 AM (except in January, which is a Monday event), welcoming families to come together to explore values and traditions with a Jewish twist through stories, activities, songs, and conversations. All families with young children of all faiths are backgrounds are welcome for this free program. Programs run on Sundays from 10:00-11:00am. For more information, and to RSVP, contact: Jen Goldberg, Executive Director of Education [email protected] | 813.769.4738.  The following programs are scheduled:

  • November 10 – Gratitude
  • December 1 – Tzedakah and Gifts
  • January 20* – Mitzvah Mania (*Special Monday event)
  • February 16  – Caring for the Earth/Environment
  • March 15 – Kindness to Animals
  • April 19 – Health and Wellness
  • May 17 – Bedtime Pajama Party

Wednesdays, October 15, 23, 30, and Nov 6, 6:30-8:30 PM – TampaBay-Job-Links presents “Switching Gears: A Roadmap for Career Transition” evening Workshop Series. “Switching Gears” are four, 2-hour workshops for individuals struggling to launch their careers, considering a career change, or returning to the workforce. When in career transition, it is essential to plan for the future with current, relevant, and practical tools and strategies that are indispensable to remaining viable in today’s job market. These four sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition, at whatever stage a person may be. Attend the full series or select individual sessions. Dinner is provided and sponsored by the Leeds Family. Advance registration required. To register or for more information, call TampaBay-Job-Links at 813-344-0200 or visit Please contact [email protected] or 813-344-0200) for additional information. 

Wednesday, October 16th, 7 PM – The Lylah Chapter of Hadassah will host guest speaker Dr. Karen Ezrine, vice-chair of Hadassah Medical Organization, with an update on medical research including details of breast cancer research at Hadassah facilities. The meeting takes palce at The Preserve of Clearwater, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. All Hadassah and community members are welcome. A coffee and dessert reception follows. RSVP by October 8th by emailing [email protected], or call Cheryl Schwartz at 551-265-2745.

Thursday, October 17th, 11 AM – 1 PM – Learning Express Lunchtime Discussion Docent-Led Art Tour with Sara Scher at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. Tampa. Discover new interests. Engage your curiosity. Meet new people. Enjoy a docent-led tour of the rich selection of artwork adorning the walls of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Then join us for a buffet lunch to share impressions and ask questions. For more information, contact Pnina Levermore at 813.291.2253. 

Thursday, October 17th, 5 PM – Chabad of St. Petersburg presents a family Sukkot Festival features barbecue in the Sukkah (vegetarian options available) with klezmer music, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and Sukkot crafts. For details and to RSVP, contact [email protected] or call 727-344-4900.

Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 PM – The Jewish Club of Kings Point, Sun City Center, holds its first gathering of the season in the Waterside Room. Entertainment provided by Craig Singleton. Bagels, lox, tuna, egg salad and trimmings will be available. For information regarding the cost or other details, contact Simone Shaw at [email protected]. To be placed on the club’s mailing list, contact Carol Balent at [email protected].

Thursday, October 17th, 7 PM – Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor presents an adult education class on Civil War and the Jews led by Dr. Eric Stickler. The class will focus on the Civil War and how it affected Jews. All are welcome.

Thursday, October 17th, 7:30 PM, JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 32365, presents the Sue & Jef Schoenbaum Annual Community Leadership Awards, recognizing those who have made a significant impact within the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation and other local Jewish community agencies. Each award is named after a community member embodying the principles of dedicated leadership, tikkun olam and commitment to enriching the continuity of Jewish life locally and worldwide. RSVPs are not necessary but appreciated. For details:

Fridays October 18-November 22 – 1 – 2:30 PM – A new bridge class for those who play at any level is offered by Bryan Glazer JC. There is a cost, with pro-rating options available. Visit

Friday, October 18, 7-9 PM – the Young Adult Division (YAD) of Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast presents a Halloween Shabbat in downtown St. Petersburg. For information, visit

Sunday, October 20th, 10-11:30 AM – PJ Library presents Sammy Spider’s Showcase. Sammy Spider will engage PJ Library friends with story time, crafts, and music all featured in the beloved High Holiday stories of SAMMY SPIDER! JCC on the Cohn Campus, Roth Hall, 13009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa 33625. Please RSVP to Marissa Rosenthal by Friday, October 18.

Sunday, October 20th, 11 AM – Get to know your smart device (phone or tablet) at a workshop with tech experts, tips, and advice. This intergenerational class includes assistance in getting your photos in the cloud. Visit

Sunday, October 20th, 4-7 PM – Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg presents a Simchat Torah culinary tour of the five books of the Torah and a hands-on treasure hunt in the scroll. Music and dancing with the scrolls will be part of the event. Registration required by October 16th at

Monday, October 21st, 6:30 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon  invites you to its Simchat Torah service as congregants dance with the Torah. A light oneg will be provided and all are welcome.

Thursday, October 24th, 6 PM – Interfaith Voices Against Anti-Semitism is the program being presented at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, featuring two guest speakers, each the child of parents who suffered the horrors of war. Author Roslyn Franken will speak about her parents’ ordeals during WWII, which she has written about in Meant To Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles, and Triumph of the Human Spirit. Dr. Harry Richter of Tampa will speak of both parents’ experiences in Nazi concentration camps and how they managed to survive. This event, organized by Arlene Glanz of Temple Beth David of Spring Hill, is in response to the one-year anniversary of the slaying of 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. More details at and

Thursday, October 24th, 6:30 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum presents American Racism and the Holocaust featuring Lawrence Powell. Lawrence Powell traces the family’s dramatic odyssey and explores the events that eventually triggered Anne Skorecki Levy’s brave decision to honor the suffering of the past by confronting the recurring specter of racist hatred. This work tells the story of the Holocaust Survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. A book signing to follow. RSVP is required, seating limited. To confirm your attendance, please call 727,820.0100 x301.

Thursday, October 24th, 7 PM – The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast Film & Speaker Series launches its new film and speaker series at Studio Movie Grill in Seminole with the film Bagels Over Berlin, featuring Alan Feinberg, the filmmaker and event speaker. The film is a full-length documentary honoring the Jewish veterans of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. The story is told by the men who served in the Air Corps and carried out dangerous missions in their fight against Nazi Germany. Their struggles and stories run the gamut from humor to miraculous survival in the midst of peril. Alan Feinberg, the filmmaker, was born in Buffalo, NY and resides in South Florida. The series will feature six documentary films and speakers with a Jewish element in each. Details regarding tickets and other information contact Maxine Kaufman at [email protected] or 727-333-3106, or visit

Thursday, October 24th, 7 PM – Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor invites you to enroll for a new Chai Mitzvah class to enhance Jewish engagement. Like a book group, Chai Mitzvah network groups meet monthly with text-based sourcebooks on Jewish topics. The topic of this session will be adult rites of passage. For information and to register, contact Loren Goldman at [email protected] or call 727-492-0225.

Friday, October 25th, 11:30 AM Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter One, features Elyssa Friedland’s The Floating Feldmans at Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Drive, Tampa. In describing Friedland’s book, Author Pam Jenoff calls it “uproariously funny, yet heartfelt.” Friedland’s prior novels include The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication. In this book, protagonist Annette is determined to book a cruise for her entire family, even though it’s been a decade since they have all been together. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo. Friedland has written for the Washington Post, Bustle, Real Simple, McSweeney’s and more. She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School. She adds that she “has survived a cruise and many family trips,” so she knows about what she writes! Tickets include a Buffet Luncheon and cruise “accoutrements.” Cruise attire is welcome. For tickets/information, visit

Saturday, October 26th, 7 PM – Entertainers will perform a variety of musical genres from country to Sinatra-style crooning at Temple Beth David’s Oy Vey Cabaret. Hosted by Carla Becker, this year’s show features a variety of memorable songs. For details and to obtain tickets, visit or call Becker at 352-428-9946. Seating is first-come, first-serve, and tickets are available only in advance, not at time of the event.

Sundays, October 27, November 3, December 8, at 9:45 AM – Congregation Beth Am of Tampa hosts a parents’ discussion group led by Hope Buksbaum, Youth Committee Chair, based on the book Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. The book distills Jewish teachings and contemporary psychological insights into nine “blessings” that address key parenting issues. If interested or for information, email [email protected].

Sunday, October 27th, 1-3 PM, Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residents presents the Stephen Weinberg 8 Over 80 Awards recognizing eight individuals, 80 years of age or older, who have dedicated their time, talents, and lives to our community and devoted themselves to helping others. The 2019 honorees will include Delyse Axinn, Shelia Bush, Rina Donchin, Barbara Eller, Claude Lewkowiez, Janice Perelman, Edward Weinman and Ruth Weston. The event will take place at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa 33618. For more information or to recognize an honoree in the Mazel Tov Recognition Program, please contact Michelle Gallagher at [email protected] or 813-769-2814, or call 813-969-1818 or visit

Sunday, October 27th, 2 PM A new study group, Inquisitive Mindworks of Tampa Bay, hosts its first community event, a symposium examining near-death experiences and the concepts of past life regression and reincarnation led by Rabbi Lazer Rivkin of Bais David Chabad of Tampa and Merkos Chabad Lubavitch of Central Florida on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 PM at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Campus on North Howard Ave, Tampa. The symposium includes a panel of medical, science-oriented, and theological professionals who will examine the concepts in the book, “Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living With Purpose,” by Rabbi Eli Kaplan-Spitz or Orange County, CA. The book explores the author’s own observations and firsthand experiences of his congregants regarding life after life. There will be a Q&A as part of the presentation. For details, call 813-966-8770 or email Rabbi Lazer Rivkin at [email protected]. The Inquisitive Mindworks group is intended for Jews of all denominations and affiliations. Folks are invited to join the discussion at the symposium with their views on the afterlife. Additional details at

Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum on the first anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, The FHM presents the inaugural Richard Rappaport Family Foundation Lecture on Antisemitism, featuring Ira Forman. This lecture series has been created in response to the continuing rise in antisemitism. Having served as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism from 2013-2017, Ira Forman has a profound understanding of the forces that are driving the resurgence of worldwide antisemitism. Q&A will follow. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance, please call 727,820.0100 x301.

Sunday, October 27th, 4 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Two, presents Cartooning Around, with celebrated cartoonist Bob Mankoff, author of Have I Got A Cartoon For You! The Moment magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons. Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and former New Yorker Cartoon Editor and publisher of more than 950 cartoons, Mankoff examines the place of cartoons in the vibrant history of Jewish humor, and plumbs Jewish thought, wisdom and shtick for humorous insights. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Tickets include cake & coffee and can be obtained at

Sunday, October 27th, 6 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon  invites you to join friends, family, and congregants for a Dutch treat dinner at Lucky Dill Deli, 4606 West Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Members and non-members both are welcome. RSVP to Anita, [email protected] by October 25th.

Sunday, October 27th, 6:30 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Two, presents Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein, and author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. All about the most famous Jewish American musician of the 20th century. Jamie Bernstein writes her story of what it’s like to be the child of the most reveled and multifaceted Jewish American musician of the 20th century. The composer of many musical pieces including On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, TV star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity. The Bernstein’s family life was populated with a fantastic set of famous friends, during one of the headiest periods of America’s culture. Joy Katzen-Guthrie will accompany Bernstein’s program with musical interludes of Jamie’s famous father’s music. Tickets include wine bar and petite plates. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, TampaTickets  can be obtained at

Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM – Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa, presents its 4th Annual Am Yisrael Chai Event with Ambassador Alfred Moses, who will share colorful stories contained in his new book, Bucharest Diary: Romania‘s Journey from Darkness to Light. Bucharest Diary is the story of the exodus of Jews from communist Romania to Israel. Ambassador Moses led the effort to get Jews out of Romania when it was controlled by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. In face-to-face meetings with Ceausescu, Moses established the right of Jews to freely emigrate. Visit

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM – Connection to Innovation at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. Open to the community, this Connection to Innovation event will focus on innovation in Urban Technology. With over $13 billion in new projects underway in the Tampa Bay area and a recent, first ever “WELL” certification, they will be unpacking what kinds of technology and innovations are being used to construct these major projects, including Water street, Mid Town and River Walk. Refreshments will be served. For details and registration:

October 27-November 3, 2019 – Mission to Experience and Explore Israel with the Tampa JCCs & Federation has only a few spots left. 8 days, 7 nights. To see full itinerary and make reservation, contact [email protected] or call 813-769-4726.

Sunday, October 29th, 7 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Three, presents A Guide to Everything Jewish, with “unorthodox” podcaster and Deputy Editor of Tablet magazine, Stephanie T. Butnick, author of The NEwish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between. . All about the most famous Jewish American musician of the 20th century. Musical interludes from Joy Katzen-Guthrie. Tickets include dessert and gourmet coffee bar. JCC on the Cohn Campus, TampaTickets can be obtained at
Wednesday, October 30th, 7-9 PM PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Four, presents local author Sheri Rosedale with Symphony of Her Heart, a novel of Courageous Transformation at  PM, followed by local author Laurin Haupt, with A Miracle at Dachau: My Opa’s Story, a journey from Dachau to “righteous gentile,” at 8 PM. Complimentary admission. Barnes & Noble CarrollwoodInformation at:

November 1-3 – 
The Florida Holocaust Museum sponsors its tour, New York – Jewish Style. For information regarding the itinerary, contact [email protected]. November 15-17, 2019 – The Tampa JCCs and Federation sponsor the tour, New York – Jewish Style. For information about this itinerary, visit Sunday Itineraries differ on each tour. Space is limited to 25 people/trip.

Friday, November 1st, 10 AM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Five, presents A Festive Sing-Along Shabbat Event with Joni Klein-Higger & Barbara Sharf, creators of Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, a hoot-n-hollering whimsical time for all generations. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Complimentary admission, in partnership with JCC preschool. More information at

Friday, November 1st, 11 AMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Five, presents Linda Goudsmit, author of Mimi’s Strategies, a series of children’s books that discuss challenges like why we should eat green veggies and always share toys. Complimentary admission includes sips and snacks. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Information at

Sunday, November 3rd, 5 PMFestival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Six, presents Glitz & Glamour: The Plaza Hotel, with Julie Satow, author of The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Elegant attire welcome. Tickets include swanky cocktails & lavish hors d’oeuvres and can be obtained at

Monday, November 4, 2019, 11 AM – 1 PM – Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Star Event featuring award-winning attorney/advocate for family causes and feminist rights, Gloria Allred. Renaissance Tampa-International Plaza, Tampa. For details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Faith Alexander at 813-508-05444, or email [email protected]. Contact Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood [email protected] and view additional details at

Monday, November 4, 2019,  7 PM – Mark Biederman, son of two Holocaust survivors and author of Schindler’s Listed: The Search for My Father’s Lost Gold, co-written with his wife, Randi Biederman, will share his story and the story of his parents at the Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Sponsorship opportunities are available or this event. For details regarding tickets and for reservations, call (727) 344-4900 or visit This event, as all Chabad events, is open to the entire community regardless of affiliation. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – The Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. presents “Your Thanksgiving Table,” a Culinary event with Chef Kenny, in the Kitchen/Ballroom. Enhancements, accompaniments and delectables to make your Thanksgiving feast one of a kind! Come cook, eat, laugh and learn in our festive and informative cooking classes followed by a great meal you had a part in preparing. Learn new recipes, explore exotic ingredients and cook delicious dishes. For details and to register, visit

Tuesday, November 5, 7-9 PM – #Gather presents a Bowling Competition at 4847 North Armenia Ave., Tampa. Members and guests are welcome; for information regarding the charge and reservation, visit

Saturday, November 8th – Deadline for The Tampa Jewish federation’s Lilah Tov Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund application for camp scholarships to be awarded to children who would like to attend a non-profit Jewish overnight camp in the summer of 2020. These are need-based scholarships for Jewish children residing in Hillsborough County. For eligibility requirements and to download a scholarship application, go to Contact Alissa Fischel at 813-769-4726 for information.

Sunday, November 9th, 7 PM – Hillels of the Florida Suncoast host their second annual Bubbles and Bubbly Gala to benefit the Repair The Seas Scubi Jew® and Tikkun HaYam® Programs. The event takes place at the Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa and features Dr. Ellen Prager, marine scientist and author of Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter. The gala begins at 7 PM with VIP cocktail reception followed by main event at 8 PM, including open bubbly, wine & beer bar, savory bites & sweet treats buffets, Havdalah, Dr. Prager’s presentation, and a live auction. For details and to RSVP, visit or call 813-899-78–2788 or visit [email protected]. RSVP’s requested by October 25th.

Monday, November 10th, 2 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum’s 81st Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemoration, “the Night of Broken Glass,” with a commemoration service, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. Museum admission included from 10 AM to 4 PM. Immediately following the commemoration service, Julie Kohner, a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, will speak. Julie’s program Voices of the Generations teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family. All are welcome to this program. RSVP required. To confirm your attendance, call 727.820.0100 x301.

Thursday, November 14th, 7 PM – The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast presents its annual Campaign Opening Event – Catalyst 2020: The Power of Common Kindness, at NOVA 535, at 535 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, N., St. Petersburg, 337071. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The evening includes keynote speaker Sherri Mandell, who will share her personal journey. After losing her son to terrorist actions, she chose to respond with resilience and kindness, channeling tragedy into charity and charting an inspiring course for herself and the Jewish community. There will also be presentations of the Dr. Alfred and Lisl Schick Family Scholarship and the Dr. Edward N. Ludin Young Leadership Award. Guests will have the opportunity to make their commitment to the Federation’s 2020 Annual Campaign. Details at

Thursday, November 14th, 7 PM – The Tampa Jewish Federation presents the Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa, features a special keynote presentation by Archie Gottesman, co-founder of Jew Belong, followed by a dessert reception. Placing a congratulatory announcement or an ad is a wonderful way to support the honorees, support the program, and/or promote a business. Proceeds raised will be directed to the Tampa Jewish Federation’s 2020 Annual Campaign. These funds support a lifeline of vital programs and services offered by our local Jewish beneficiary agencies, as well as a myriad of social services and community building efforts in Israel and 70 countries around the globe. For tickets, visit:

Sunday, November 24th, from 9:30-12:30 PM, The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents part 2 of its county-wide KESHER program: SPEAKING AND LIVING OUR VALUES, followed by lunch. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to participate in this educational county-wide initiative.  One Jewish parent, two Jewish parents. Adoptive, step, single parent, and blended families. Jewish grandparents of any number. Synagogue member or not. Jewish-curious. If you connect in any way with shared Jewish values, this event is designed for you. It will take place at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus at 9200 113th St, Seminole, FL 33772. Registration opens at 9:30 AM; Program begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM; Followed by Lunch. For details, visit and

Sunday, December 8, 2019 –  Join IMPACT for their Young Professionals Annual Bucs Game and Tailgate with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they face the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in eight years. For information regarding the charge and reservation, visit or contact Lisa Robbins.

Sunday, January 12, 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

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 for information or to purchase tickets, or call Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota at  941-955-8121.

January 19-26, 2020 – Congregation Schaarai Zedek travels to Cuba on a “People to People” mission, with visits to Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and havana. To be contacted with information of the itinerary and details, contact 813-876-2377, x202, or visit

Saturday, January 26, 2020 – Save the Date for the Jewish Federation of Tampa’s Annual President’s Dinner, featuring Deborah E. Lipstadt with a presentation titled “Antisemitism: Here and Now.” Lipstadt is a historian and author of 8 books. She was victorious in her lawsuit against a Holocaust denier, as portrayed in the 2016 feature film Denial based on her book, Denying The Holocaust. For details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Gallagher at [email protected], or call 813-739-1687.

Sunday, February 9, 6:30 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

Sunday, March 8, 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

Sunday, April 5, 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

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

Sunday, May 3, 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

For a detailed list of Tampa Bay Area region and surrounding regional happenings, visit:


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 on June 23rd.

 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 [email protected].
√  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

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

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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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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  [email protected]

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  [email protected]

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