Jewish Press of Tampa


Active Adults

The Tampa JCCs and Federation offers the following programs for active adults. To RSVP or for more information on programs, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or All registrations should be completed before events begin.

Brain awareness series: Join the next in a free series of virtual talks focusing on brain awareness. Hear from experts to gain tips on healthy living strategies that promote brain health, to become more familiar with warning signs, how to communicate with others about memory concerns and to see the hope that science and research offers in eliminating Alzheimer’s and dementia. The next class is on “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” on Thursday, July 15 at noon. Sign-up for the class at

Learning Express: Hear Villa Johnson of the Sarasota County League of Women Voters on Thursday, July 8 at noon for a Zoom presentation about ranked choice voting for municipal elections in Sarasota County. Leagues in at least 10 states have taken positions in support of ranked choice or instant runoff voting. The session will include a discussion of the nonpartisan electoral reform that is already used successfully around the world including by over 9 million voters in the U.S.

Do the puzzle: Crossword puzzle wizard Steve Manin reveals the keys to filling in the blanks for the New York Times crossword puzzle, offering little tricks and the ability to train your brain to think like an expert puzzle solver. This online program will be held Tuesday July 20 at 6:30 p.m. If you think you are already pretty good at puzzle solving, test your skills at 7:15 p.m. in a “master class” with Manin.

Plugged in: A free virtual workshop held by tech professionals to help those less tech savvy will be held on Sunday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Bridge is back: Learn to play bridge at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Thursdays for six sessions that run from July 29 through Sept. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for guests.

Maj has also returned: Join in-person mah jongg lessons at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Sundays, Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $70 for members and $75 for guests. The National Mah Jongg League rule card will be provided.

Ongoing programs: There are a variety of other Active Adults activities offered on a regular basis through Zoom. These include, but are not limited to News Talk, and Tuesday Traditions (examination of issues of faith and spirituality). For more information on the schedule, go to and search for virtual programming for either the JCC on the Cohn Campus or the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Parkinson’s Program

The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s Philip Shayman Parkinson’s program offers the following programs. To RSVP or for more information, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or All registrations should be completed before events begin.

Community event: A free Parkinson’s Disease educational event on what occupational therapy can do for those with Parkinson’s will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday, July 7 at noon with Kimberly Reid MOT, OTR/L. The presentation will describe what occupational therapy is and how it can be helpful for some Parkinson’s patients. It will also include a how-to with adaptive tools that make cooking, dressing and bathing easier. There will also be a question and answer session.

Support group: On Wednesday, July 21 at noon there will be a free Zoom support group meeting titled “Caring for Loved Ones and Yourself,” presented by Sarah Rhode, LCWS, and Eryka Marshall, LMHC. Participants can learn where to turn and effective strategies for use in caring for older adults and their caregivers.

Weekly programs: The Parkinson’s Program holds a variety of classes by both Zoom and in-person: Rock Steady Boxing, Tremble Clefs singing group, Nia Class with Jen Goldberg, chair yoga with Sarah Flook, stretch and strengthen with Suzanne Chen and Tai Chi. Other programs continue on-line only, including fine motor skills and handwriting workshop with Cathy Daumen, brain games with Vandan Kamath, and a variety of support groups for both patients and caregivers.

For more information on schedule, go to and search for Parkinson’s programming for either the JCC on the Cohn Campus or the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.


Job help: Tampa Bay Job-Links offers virtual programs to help those in search of a job or career change.

Upcoming workshops:

• Job search readiness: Wednesday, June 30 at 1 p.m., “Five steps to negotiate a job offer”; Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m., “Ace your next job interview” and Tuesday, July 20 at 1 p.m., “Navigating the ups and downs of career transition.”

• Job-search fundamentals: Thursday, July 8 at 11 a.m., “Develop a Resume with Impact;” Thursday, July 22 at 11 a.m. “Unlock the Potential of Linkedin.”

There will also be a virtual special program on Thursday, July 15 at 1 p.m. when folks can chat with a career coach.

Young Adults

In the park: The #Gather group, meeting virtually during the pandemic, is finally planning an in-person gathering in a local park on Sundays, July 18 and Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. All CDC guidelines will be followed. Registration is required to attend. RSVPs will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Location details will be shared upon RSVP at

#Gather is open to those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. It is an initiative of the Tampa JCCs & Federation.

For more information, contact Lisa Robbins, director of young adult engagement for the Tampa JCCs & Federation, at or (813) 769-4723

Support group

Caregiver support: Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater and Empath Health are partnering to bring the Jewish community a free virtual caregiver support group, led by Kelly M. Siegel of Empath, and Sandi Sunter, LMHC. The group meets via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. To register, contact Siegel at (727) 735-8743 or KellySiegel@ or Sunter at (727) 301-7884 or

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