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Norman Jewish Library

Special guest and festive meal: Moshe Forer will speak on “The Return of the Blue Dye: The Story of the Loss and Rediscovery of the Mitzvah of Tekhelet” on Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Jewish Library as part of the monthly “Festive Meal on the New Moon” program. Forer, originally from Moscow, is now a Temple Terrace resident. The Tekhelet – or unique blue dye used in a thread of the tallit – came from an extinct Mediterranean sea creature. This will be a celebration of the start of the new Jewish month of Sivan. All are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, RSVP to Zev at (917) 439-5888 or email

Young Adults

Brew bus adventure: The #Gather group will go on a brew bus adventure on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for unlimited bus rides throughout the day on the local loop bus as folks stop at various breweries, restaurants and bars in Tampa. Food and beverages are at the cost of participants. For information on where to meet, visit: or

#Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723.

Cheese tasting: The 20s-30s group, sponsored by Congregation Schaarai Zedek, invites all young adults to a Shavuot Cheese Tasting at Cheese Please restaurant, 3225 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Meet at Cheese Please for an evening of Torah Trivia for Shavuot as well as several courses of wine and cheese. Cost is $20 per person. For questions, contact Lindsey Dewey at or (813) 876-2377, Ext. 221. RSVP at

Jewish War Veterans

Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email

Active Adults

All programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave.

To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or All registrations should be completed before events begin.

Chess lessons: Learn how to play chess on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Cohn campus.

Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there is free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. Novices and experienced players are welcome.

JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. The JetSetters group meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, May 24 there will be a “Ciao from Italy” program. The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested.

At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. The lunch is free for members, but donations are welcome. On June 13 the group will hear stories and songs of legendary singers and songwriters such as the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Roger Miller and more.

News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCs, is led by Pat Renfroe and explores ‘hot button’ issues of the day. Upcoming News Talk sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The May 15 topic is on public and private schools and if there is a need for public schools. The May 22 topic is who will run for office in the midterms and the May 29 topic is on the history of the mid-terms and how they might change the direction of the country.

The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic on May 25 will be on how books and films portray the country’s accomplishments and challenges and is it in a fair manner.

Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., provides an opportunity to see the Bible not from a religious perspective but as a piece of remarkable writing. The next class in on Wednesday, May 23. This is a discussion course with participation open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Bring your own Bible so participants can compare different translations. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests

Canasta: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta.

Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. The June 6 film will be a top-ranked film from the National Classic Jewish Film Guide.

Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, May 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free.

Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with instructor Judy Balber every Monday on the Cohn campus from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn, crochet hooks and any pattern you want. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members with prorating options available.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesday, May 22 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Potential activities include poker, billiards, ping-pong, sporting events, fishing or camping, community volunteering or discussions.

Parkinson’s mixer: Come to the J Café Patio at the Glazer JCC on Wednesday, May 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a free informational session on all of the Parkinson’s resources the Tampa JCCs have to offer.

Bridge: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take bridge classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays through June 8. This is for players at any level and sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members.

There is also open play bridge on Mondays, May 7-28 at the Glazer JCC from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Get tech savvy: Learn about web security and design, map navigation and social media. Volunteers will teach active adults about their computers and other devices during these free sessions. Laptops are available for those who want to come to the Glazer JCC and learn on Monday, May 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. To register, see contact information above.


Monday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job- Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

On May 14, the topic will be, “How to Ace a Phone, Skype or Online Interview.”

Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is “Is Your Brand Helping You Land a Job?” On May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. the topic is “Financial Fundamentals for Now and the Future.

The workshops are free for TampaBay-Job- Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email

Switching gears: A series of four evening workshops, each from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. are offered, targeting those in career transition. These sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition. People can enroll for the full series or come for any individual session. The sessions are on Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on the first Thursday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m.

For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.

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