THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ July 12, 2020 ~ 20 Tamuz, 5780
The Sunday Simcha this Sunday (July 12th) remembers the Edict of Spanish Expulsion—issued in 1492—requiring practicing Jews to leave kingdoms under Spanish rule by the end of July. The music on the program will be entirely devoted to the Sephardic music of Spanish Jews and their descendants who found refuge in The Balkans and elsewhere, for whom Ladino remained a central tongue. We will hear music in Ladino, Turkish, and Hebrew, featuring Alhambra, Los Desterrados, The Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble, Rosa Eskenazi, Victoria Hazan, Yasmin Levy, Jo Amar, Claudia Nurit Henig, Ofra Haza, Liat Cohen and The Parvarim, and Judy Frankel. We’ll also feature a tribute to Carl Reiner on this week’s program, with A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—from Reiner and the 2000-Year-Old Man, Mel Brooks of course.
Until this Sunday’s program, last week’s program remains in our archive for you to hear and download on this page, featuring music by Ziggy Elman’s Orchestra, Kayah, Jingle Django, Nikitov, Eléonore Biezunski, Jewish Monkeys, Uri Banai, Zohar’s Nigun, Aris San, and Ernest Gold. A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—is provided by stand-up comic Jessica Kirson.
PLEASE NOTE: because of technical difficulties, our program last week was started (at its beginning) about 40 seconds late, thus you will hear about 40 seconds of silence on the recording in our archive before the program begins—but it is all there. If you desire to download a program file without silence instead, you are welcome to access it in our Dropbox archive here.
We are so grateful that WMNF’s special one-day Membership Drive on June 15th, raised $40,000. Our next Summer Pledge Drive Day will be THIS Tuesday, July 14th. PLEASE take advantage of this special opportunity to support the station and The Sunday Simcha by making a donation in our honor. If you see a premium below on this page that you wish to receive in return for your gift, make your donation through the premium link or mention it when you call in or make your tip jar donation this Tuesday.
Join me, Joy Katzen-Guthrie this and every Sunday from 1-2 PM on WMNF Community Radio 88.5 FM for The Sunday Simcha. Have an uplifting and SAFE holiday weekend.
LAST WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ July 5, 2020 ~ 13 Tamuz, 5780
Program currently in archive until July 5th broadcast
This July 4th weekend, the July 5th The Sunday Simcha celebrates Jewish music from around the world that has touched American Jewish lives. It is a program of fun, eclectic and historic music from Europe, Israel, Australia, and America by Ziggy Elman’s Orchestra, Kayah, Jingle Django, Nikitov, Eléonore Biezunski, Jewish Monkeys, Uri Banai, Zohar’s Nigun, Aris San, and Ernest Gold. A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little MIrth—is provided by stand-up comic Jessica Kirson.
Until this Sunday’s program, last week’s program remains in our archive for you to hear and download here, with songs of joy, healing, Shabbat, summer, and more by Shmueli Ungar, Listen Up! A Capella, Josh Warshawsky, Moshav, Pharaoh’s Daughter and Basya Schechter, Cantor Leon Sher & Beged Kefet, Rabbi/Cantor Diane Offenberg Rose, Yair Levi, Idan Amedi Josie Katz and Shmulik Kraus, and Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled.
Join me, Joy Katzen-Guthrie this and every Sunday from 1-2 PM on WMNF Community Radio 88.5 FM for The Sunday Simcha. Have an joyous and SAFE holiday weekend.
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THE SUNDAY SIMCHA: A TRADITION IN TAMPA BAY (1980-Present)
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.
Among WMNF’s earliest programs after going on air in 1979,The Jewish Sound—as it was originally named—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 Schwersky, 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.
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. 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. Community Kvell is a celebration of members of the local community, and The Kehillah Calendar on this page and in announcements on the program details events in the weeks ahead.
We are grateful for your comments, suggestions, ideas, creativity, monetary support and for your ears! We hope you 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. Contact us at [email protected].
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.
TAMPA BAY KEHILLAH CALENDAR
A SAMPLING OF COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
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]
Because of the frequently shifting virtual events in the Jewish community locally, nationally, and internationally, we refer you to local congregations and organizations to view their current events. Provide your events information to [email protected] to be added to these lists as well as mentioned on the Sunday Simcha. For more information on Jewish events online or near you, please visit the following:
ONGOING VIRTUAL & ON-SITE ACTIVITIES,
WORSHIP SERVICES & CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS 2020/5780
Jewish Press of Pinellas County: https://www.jewishpresspinellas.com/
Gulf Coast Florida Jewish Federation Community Calendar: https://www.jewishgulfcoast.org/calendar
Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation Community Calendar: https://www.jewishtampa.com/community-calendar
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Community Community Calendar: https://jfedsrq.org/new-community-calendar
Greater Miami Jewish Federation: https://jewishmiami.org/
Jewish Federation of North America Calendar: https://jewishfederations.org/calendar
World Jewish Congress: https://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en
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:
Synagogues/Congregatons of Sarasota/Manatee 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
NOTICE REGARDING PROGRAMS LISTED: ALL ON-SITE PROGRAMS AND CLASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. Please check with congregations or organizations regarding the availability of live-streamed or rescheduled programs for the classes and ongoing events listed below. Stay safe, be well, and be comforted during this challenging time.
Ongoing – Young Israel of Tampa seeks to complete its new Norman Jewish Library. If you would like to help, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/update-ac-system?member=2501320.
Mondays, 9:30-11 AM, Ongoing – Focus on events past and present throughout Jewish history and the Jewish exile as Rabbi Laser Rivkin leads study of Jewish views of the afterlife and mystical concepts Mondays at the Cohn campus JCC from 9:30-11 AM. Visit https://www.jcccohncampus.com/.
Mondays, 10-11:30 AM, Ongoing – Complimentary sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered in the new Tampa Bay Job-Links office at Austin Center, 1211 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 300, Tampa. The September 9th topic is “Rules for Resumes.” Visit https://tbjl.org/program-calendar/.
Mondays, 11:15 AM AM and Wednesdays 7 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater offers Talmud classes with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class explores ancient legal 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, starting January 27, 2020, at 1 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater offers a new beginners class of Yiddish facilitated by Henri Stein. “The Joy of Yiddish” uses the text Yiddish, An Introduction to Language, Literature, and Culture by Sheva Zucker.
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 [email protected], or call 727-265-2770. Visit https://www.clearwaterjewish.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, 5:15 PM Ongoing – Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater begins Weekly Tai Chi lessons on January 15th, with an open house on January 8th for potential students to meet the teacher. https://www.tbiclearwater.org/
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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].
Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Bais Menacham Chabad of Tampa offers a weekly Torah class at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective. For information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 813-504-4432, or email [email protected]. Visit http://www.chabadofcentralflorida.com/.
Thursdays, 9:30 AM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Rosenberg on Congregation Beth Am on Thursday mornings for Talmud study. For information, contact Rabbi Rosenberg at 83-968-8511 or email [email protected]. Visit https://bethamtampa.org/.
Thursdays, 9:45 AM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater presents Lox & Learn. Explore the treasures of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi David Weizman. Come for breakfast at 9:45 AM, minyan at 10 AM, then discussion with the rabbi. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/
Thursdays, 12:30 PM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Danielle Upbin for a new series of classes called Every Day Holiness, Thursdays at 12:30 PM, Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater. Students explore personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. RSVP to the synagogue office at 727-531-1418. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/
Thursdays, 1 PM, Ongoing – Join seniors of Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater for mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes, or bridge. Cofee and cake are served. For information, contact Linda White at [email protected] or 727-276-3404.
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 [email protected], or call 727-301-7884 or email [email protected].
First Thursday each month, 3:30-5 PM, Ongoing – Menorah Manor offers a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers at the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 -59th Street, N., St. Petersburg. For information, call Rabbi Aaron Lever at 727-302-3720. Visit https://menorahmanor.org.
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 2020
VIEW CURRENT LIST OF CANCELLED EVENTS VIA THE JEWISH PRESS OF TAMPA BAY:
Weekly, Online, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 1 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum has launched a new interactive weekly educational series on The FHM’s official Facebook page at 1 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is an interactive series—engage online and send in questions. Every Tuesday is “Testimony Tuesday” with a video testimony from a Holocaust Survivor or a Second Generation Survivor. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Holocaust Survivor or Second Generation will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time. Every Wednesday is “Artifact Wednesday” with a highlight of a different artifact from the Museum’s collection. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., The FHM’s Curator or Exhibitions and Collections or The FHM’s Registrar and Exhibitions Manager will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time. Every Thursday is “Lesson Thursday” will feature a post of a video from the Museum’s Education team, with various lessons and educational themes, including resources and topics that can be used in a virtual classroom. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., a Museum Educator will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time. Visit https://www.facebook.com/TheFHM.
Momentum Trips to Israel for Men and Women:
- Women’s Trip: October 20-27, 2020. For more information, contact Julie Cameron at [email protected]
- Men’s Trip: October 26-November 1, 2020. For more information, contact Mark Segel at [email protected] or 813.263.4976
SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR: February 20, 2021 has been secured for the Florida Holocaust Museum’s next To Life benefit. Details will be announced.
For a detailed list of Tampa Bay Area region and surrounding regional happenings, visit: