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December 14, 2018  RSS feed

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Young Adults

Vodka Latke: The Tampa Jewish Federation will host the annual Vodka Latke on Monday, Dec. 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at CAVU, 1601 N. Franklin St., just north of downtown Tampa. This is a party for Jewish singles and couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres with gourmet latkes and desserts. The first two drinks are included with admission. There will also be a cash bar. Chic attire preferred. Tickets are $54 at the door.

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#Gather events: Join #Gather for a private tour of the Tampa Museum of Art’s exhibit, “Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective” with Seth Pevnick, the museum’s chief curator, on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The tour will be followed by experiencing Yayoi Kusama’s “Love is Calling,” of the artist’s iconic infinity rooms on loan from the Vinik Family Foundation Collection. The museum is located at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.The cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests.

Come have fun at the ultimate #Gather game night on Monday, Jan. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC gym, 522 North Howard Avenue, Tampa. Complete tasks and challenges with household items in less than a minute. Want to suggest a challenge? Email with your favorites.

#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 young-adults or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723.

Snow and s’mores: The Congregation Schaarai Zedek 20s+30s group for singles and married couples will enjoy snow and s’mores on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the temple, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa.. The 20s+30s are invited to enjoy a campfire, adult hot chocolate and playing in the “snow” left from a kids’ event earlier in the day. The 20s+30s group is open to the community. RSVP to Lindsey Dewey at (813) 876-2377 or

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, 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.

Museum tour: Seniors are invited to tour the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Jan, 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ma cost of $10 for JCC members or $15 for guests. The museum’s artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites participants to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes coffee and pastries. The program is titled Drawn to Beauty and will include a conversation presented from the viewpoint of the fictional Tiffany’s concierge, who keeps a logbook of customer purchases and relationships. Transportation is available.

Mystical Jewish concepts: Join a discussion with Rabbi Lazer Rivkin that will focus on events throughout Jewish history and offer an explanation of how the secret to Jewish survival has its roots in kaballah. The session will be on Monday, Jan. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Cohn campus. This is a free event.

JetSetters: The Phyllis Borell JetSetters group meeting at the Cohn campus for an entertaining program on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but a $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of lunch. This is a social group for people of all ages.

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 next class is Wednesday, Jan. 16 at noon at the Cohn campus.

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.

Wednesday movie matinee: The Active Adults Classic Film Series will continue with a showing of Bombshell: The Hedy Laamar Story on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus. The event is free and includes a beverage and popcorn.

Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Enjoy an afternoon of friendly challenge with a slice of pizza as participants play Trivial Pursuit on Thursday, Jan. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus. This is a free event.

World of Books Club: This new club meets at both JCCs and is for anyone who enjoys reading and sharing their impressions with other book lovers. There is no charge. At the Glazer JCC the group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. The next meeting date on the Cohn campus is Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and her group of Yiddish enthusiasts as they gather at the Cohn campus to chat and share favorite expressions and reminisce on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Weston offers the same program at the Glazer JCC on Monday, Jan. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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 a series of lessons offered on Sundays and Wednesdays, Jan. 6 through Feb. 10 at various times at a cost of $65 for members and $70 for guests.

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 Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.; at the Cohn campus, the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topics of discussion at the Cohn campus are Congressional Leadership on Jan. 11 and Administrative Musical Chairs on Jan. 25. The topics at the Glazer JCC are: Congressional Leadership on Jan. 8, Administrative Musical Chairs on Jan. 15, South of the Border on Jan. 22 and South of the Border Continued on Jan. 29.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 and 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for card games, ping-pong and billiards. They also take occasional outings such as to Rays games, chartered fishing trips, tours of the Florida Holocaust Museum, community volunteering and brunch get-togethers.

Plugged-In workshop: This is an intergenerational tech meetup where active adults can bring tech devices and platforms they want to know more about and learn from tech-savvy professionals. The next session at the Glazer JCC is on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. You must register to attend.

Travel lovers: Join in engaging travel discussions as local travel professionals take you on monthly journeys to these wonderful destinations. The next session will be on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 5-6 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. The topis is Countries, Cities and Rivers of Central Europe.

Bridge lessons: A new sixsession bridge class, for those who play at any level, will be offered at the Glazer JCC on Fridays from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for guests, with pro-rating options available.

Osher class on drawing: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program through the University of South Florida, will offer a program on “Meditative and Expressive Hand Drawing” with instructor Mariam Zimms at the Cohn campus on Tuesdays from Jan. 22 through Feb. 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information call (813) 974-8036 or contact Pnina Levermore at the JCCs.


Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking veterans and non-veterans, male and female, 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


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 10:30 – noon. The Dec. 31 topic is “The Power of Resilience:

How to Bounce Back and Stay Positive.” The Jan. 7 topic is “Setting Goals and Action Steps for 2019” and the Jan. 14 topic is “What’s in Your Job-Search Toolbox?”

Job-search aids: The topic for the Success Worskshop to aid with job-search skills on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 1-4 p.m is “The Art of Purpose-Driven Networking.” On Jan. 10 from 1-3:45 p.m. the topic is “Navigating the Ups and Downs of Career Transition.” The workshops are free for Job-Links program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. To RSVP, contact Job-Links, (813) 344- 0200, email

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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