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January 26, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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A new monthly celebration offers a ‘Festive Meal on the New Moon’


Donna Joseph talks about her success in growing etrogs (below left ) at the first monthly Rosh Chodesh celebration, held at the Norman Jewish Library in Temple Terrace. Donna Joseph talks about her success in growing etrogs (below left ) at the first monthly Rosh Chodesh celebration, held at the Norman Jewish Library in Temple Terrace. About 50 people gathered on Jan. 17 at the Norman Jewish Library in Temple Terrace for the first “Festive Meal on the New Moon” celebration.

The event – which it is hoped will become a monthly happening – was inspired by an ancient tradition where families celebrated Rosh Chodesh by eating a festive meal.

“If we look at the Jews of Tampa Bay as a large family, this is a perfect way to build a feeling of community,” said organizer Zev Schlomann. “People attend different synagogues, or none at all, and live in different neighborhoods, so this is a wonderful opportunity to gather, socialize, and celebrate, and for anyone to attend regardless of affiliation.”

The free event was co-sponsored by Young Israel Chabad Alon Yedvab Jewish Center.


For additional information, and to RSVP call Schlomann at (917) 439-5888 or email youngisraeltampa@hotmail.com For additional information, and to RSVP call Schlomann at (917) 439-5888 or email youngisraeltampa@hotmail.com Guest speaker Donna Joseph, a long-time Tampa resident, shared her fascinating story of growing etrog seedlings right in Carrollwood. Joseph shared her gardening secrets and gave away baby plants to four lucky winners.

The evening included singing, discussions about Rosh Chodesh and kabbalistic insights into the upcoming month of Shevat.

There was also plenty to drink and food, elegantly displayed by Dvorki Rivkin, including a wide variety of organic kosher gourmet cheeses.

Each monthly program will touch on the meaning and significiance of the new month.

The next “Festive Meal on the New Moon” will be on Feb. 15 on Rosh Chodesh Adar.

Adar is the month in which Purim is celebrated and is known for its frivolity and fun. Featuring an “open mic,” attendees are invited to share a 2-4 minute Jewish-themed joke, story or poem. To be sure, no one will leave hungry or thirsty either.


A portion of the ‘festive meal’ spread for the crowd of about 50 at the event, co-sponsored by Young Israel Chabad Alon Yedvab Jewish Center. A portion of the ‘festive meal’ spread for the crowd of about 50 at the event, co-sponsored by Young Israel Chabad Alon Yedvab Jewish Center. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Jewish Library, 13207 N 52nd St.


Looks like an awesome event.

Looks like an awesome event. I am tempted to come down to Tampa on Rosh Chodesh just to be part of it. Nice work Zev and to all those that helped make this happen.

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