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Movie time: Watch the movie Dirty Dancing with Tampa Ameet Hadassah on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cohn Campus JCC, 13009 Community Campus Drive. A donation of $5 per person is requested and there will be plenty of popcorn. Contact Jane (813) 334-6812 or to reserve your seat. All are welcome.

A night in the Catskills: Tampa Ameet Hadassah is planning a gala dinner dance with the theme, “Catskills Revisited – A Night to Remember,” on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. The evening will include a silent auction, gourmet dining, a Catskillsstyle show, music, dancing and more. Entertainers will be the Fred Astaire Dancers, comedian Francine Wolf, tummler David Vogel and DJ/song writer David Morris. Emcee for the show will be Steve “Shlomo” Schwersky, radio host of WMNF’s Sunday Simcha. Sponsorships are available starting at $500. A sponsor’s pre-event party will feature Nathan Hefner, a pianist/vocalist. Proceeds will be earmarked for breast cancer research at Hadassah’s Jerusalem hospitals.

Cost is $75 per person. RSVP deadline is Oct. 19. For more information, contact event co-chairs: Michele Norris at (813) 352-8765 or; Anita Greenberg at (813) 254-3454 or

Young Adults

Bagel lovers unite: Enjoy your Sunday morning with a bagel brunch spread on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. This #Gather family event is at Ballast Point Park, 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, which has playground facilities for the kids. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for guests. There will be bagels, lox, cream cheese, coffee and juice.

#Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for #Gather events, visit: or or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723.

Genealogical Society

Discovering his heritage: Cubanborn Yoel Chaim BenHabib will share his amazing story of discovering that he is Jewish at the Tampa Bay Jewish Genealogical Society’s next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. BenHabib has been interested in his ancestry since childhood. Currently a junior majoring in history at University of South Florida, he used research, family interviews, family customs, and DNA to seek out his genealogy – all pointing to a Jewish lineage that goes back to the Canary Islands and Spain. He will share his research methodology as well as stories detailing the customs he grew up with that are still being practiced by family members in Cuba, unaware of their Jewish heritage. The group will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. There is no charge and guests are welcome. For information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.

Jewish War Veterans

Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking veterans and non-veterans who would like to help permanent live-in disabled veterans at the Tampa VA hospital. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit Contact Commander Larry Jasper at (813) 404-5616 or email

Active Adults

All programs listed are either at the Maureen&DouglasCohnJewishCommunity Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 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.

The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead lunch and learn classes to explain the background and significance of Jewish holidays and traditions. The class is Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon at the Cohn campus.

JetSetters: This social group for adults of all ages will meet at the Cohn campus JCC on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon for an American singalong. This event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5 to cover lunch.

Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Play Trivial Pursuit and nosh on free pizza at the Cohn campus on Thursday, Nov. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

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 non-holiday Wednesday of the month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. The Nov. 7 film is Fiddler on the Roof.

Orchestra concert: The Active Adult program is sponsoring a trip to a Florida Orchestra concert and a pre-concert conversation at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, on Thursday, Nov. 1. The conversation is at 10 a.m. and the concert including selections from Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera is at 11 a.m. The cost is $28 for members and $30 for guests and pre-registration is required. Limited transportation is available; contact Pnina Levermore to reserve.

There will be complimentary coffee and doughnuts served and a post-concert lunch at the nearby Hangar restaurant. Lunch is not included in the price.

Music of resistance: Attend a special lecture at the Glazer JCC on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon when Florida Orchestra’s assistant conductor Daniel Black leads a conversation about the music of “A Child of Our Time.” British composer Michael Tippitt wrote the oratorio “A Child of Our Time” in response to the events of Kristallnacht. Known as the Night of Broken Glass, Kristallnacht was marked by widespread anti-Jewish in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938 and ushered in a new level of persecution of the Jews.

Composer Tippitt was a pacifist and conscientious objector and sought to write the piece of music expressing the moral outrages of violence, and oppression. Black will speak about the music as well as resistance through the arts. The program is co-sponsored by the JCC, the Florida Orchestra and the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The cost is $15.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for card games, ping-pong, billiards and occasional outings.

Bridge lessons: Bridge lessons for players at all levels are offered on Fridays from Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. Cost is $50 for JCC members and $60 for non-members for the six-session series. Pro-rating cost options are available.

World of Books Club: This new club will meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Glazer JCC. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. The first book for discussion is In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson. If you enjoy reading, and sharing your impressions with other book lovers, then come for the discussion, refreshments and comraderie. There is no charge.

Plugged-In workshop: A workshop on “Managing Your Photos” will be held at the Glazer JCC on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. This is a free program and no technical knowledge is required. Laptops are available for those who need them. Registration required.

Lifelong learning: The following USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes will be offered at the Glazer JCC:

• “Watercolor Through New Eyes,” Mondays through Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• “Geopolitics Today,” Tuesdays through Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m.

• “Russia’s Regained Global Weight,” Thursday, Nov. 29 from 1-3 p.m.

Participants must register for these classes through the USF OLLI program. For more information call (813) 974-8036 or contact Pnina Levermore at the JCCs.

Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. 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. All levels of players are welcome. There will also be lessons at the Glazer JCC on Sundays from Oct. 21 through Nov. 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $65 for members and $70 for non-members. At the Cohn campus, there are free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCs, is led by Pat Renfroe and explores “hot button” issues of the day. Sessions at the Glazer JCC are on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The Tuesday, Oct. 16, session at the Glazer JCC will include a presentation by the League of Women Voters on the Florida Amendments on the November ballot. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.


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. The Oct. 15 topic is “What is Your Non-verbal Communication Saying?” The Oct. 22 topic is “Get Real-Time Feedback on Your 30-Second Commercial.” The Oct. 29 topic is “How to Work the Room at a Networking Event and Career Fair.”

Job-search aids: Success workshops to aid with job-search skills will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1. On Oct. 18 the topic is “Five Steps to Successfully Negotiate a Job Offer” and the workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 25 the topic is “Job Search 2.0: A Reboot for the 21st Century” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Nov. 1 the topic is “Preparing for Your Interview” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshops are free for Job-Links program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. Contact Job-Links, (813) 344- 0200, email

Switching Gears: A four-part Switching Gears workshop series will continue on Wednesdays, Oct. 17, and 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the TampaBay-Job-Links center. TBJL’s professional career coaches will present interactive content to enhance job-search skills. Topics include conducting self-assessments, developing a brand, enhancing interview skills, managing networking, strengthening résumés and LinkedIn profiles, targeting companies, and more. Participants can attend any or all workshops. The fee to attend is $15 for individual sessions or $50 for all four. Dinner is included. Seating is limited. To register, contact Job-Links.

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver group: 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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