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JCCs & Federation

Campaign Kickoff: The Federation will officially open its annual fundraising campaign by hosting an interview with journalist Eve Barlow on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. Barlow is a Scottish-born music and culture journalist and an avid fighter against antisemitism. The event opens at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner reception for major donors who make a $5,000 minimum gift to the 2023 Annual Campaign. Others can join in at 7 p.m. to hear the interview. A dessert reception will follow the program. Tickets are $36 per person or $18 for those ages 21-35. Advance registration is required. Visit or call Debbie Driben at (813) 769-4738 to reserve a seat.

Book Club: The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s Zoom Book Club’s first offering will be “Metropolis,” by B. A. Shapiro on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. There will be a total of six offerings from now through May. At each session, participants will be able to chat with the authors over Zoom.

Shapiro is the bestselling, award-winning author of several screenplays and 10 books including “The Collector’s Apprentice,” “The Muralist “and “The Art Forger.” “Metropolis” is a psychological suspense novel, featuring six characters, each with many secrets and from very different walks of life. Their lives intersect when a harrowing incident occurs at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, MA.

The cost for the entire series is $18, including your choice of a book. Participants can join in as many programs as they wish. For information, membership signup and book selection, go to

Active Adults

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

Jewish geography: Do you know where your neighbor’s bubbe came from? Hear first-hand tales of life in the “old country” and more while exploring connections with others on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. at JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests.

Community drum circle: Awaken your primal rhythm by joining in a drum circle sponsored by the Men’s Club on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests.

Mah jongg lessons: Level one lessons for novices are offered at the JCC at the Cohn Campus in a series of three classes that begin on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for guests. The class will prepare students to play with advance beginners.

Mah jongg open play: Mah jongg is played at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Citrus Park, on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. It is also played at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Thursdays at noon. Novice and experienced players are welcome.

Men’s Club: The Men’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. to hear Stephen Abrams talk about nutrition. The club also meets on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. to hear Patrick Manteiga, editor of La Gaceta newspaper. The club meets at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Participants must register before attending.

Computer workshop: Learn about calendar functions and get one-on-one support from professionals during a free virtual Plugged-In workshop on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.

Bridge lessons: A series of bridge lessons will be offered at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Thursdays, from 1-2:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for guests. The sessions will cover the fundamentals of bridge, including bidding and the play of hand.

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 to train your brain to think like an expert puzzle solver. The next virtual online learner program will be Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. You can test your puzzle solving skills at 5:45 p.m. in a “maven puzzle” session with Manin. This is a free program.

Parkinson’s Program

Philip Shayman Parkinson’s program is provided through the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

Lunch and learn: A cooking demonstration for Parkinson’s patients will be given on Wednesday, Oct, 12 at noon by Sri Pallavaram, PhD, Abbott DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s, and Barbara Williams, Abbott DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s. This will take place at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa.

Art therapy: A free program of the Tampa JCCs & Federation Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program, in collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art, takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. At the art museum educators will lead participants through an exhibit and discuss the artwork. Docents will utilize guided looking techniques to inspire conversation and reflection among the participants.

Ongoing groups: Weekly and bi-weekly support groups for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers; virtual and in-person activities: Rock Steady Boxing, Stretch & Strengthen, LSVT BIG for LIFE, Tai Chi, Cardio Drumming, Brain Games, Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Workshop, Let’s Move, Tremble Clefs Singing Group, Mindful Breathing & Meditation, and Patient and Care Partner support groups.

Genealogical Society

Family Tree talk: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet virtually on Sunday,Oct.9.TherewillbeaQ&Asession about Family Tree Maker software. The session will be led by Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world. Olsen will also show how folks can make additional finds with DNA test results. This class is for all levels of genealogists. Zoom sign-in opens at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2 p.m.

For further information, contact Chris Burklundby e-mail at An RSVP is required to receive sign-in instructions. For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society, go to The program is free. A small donation by nonmembers is optional but appreciated.


Virtual workshops: TampaBay-Job-Links offers the following community programs online for free:

• A career success workshop titled “Soft Skills – Skills that Make a Difference to Hiring Managers” will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Kickoff Monday: This is a free motivational, educational, and networking program offered at 1 p.m. Mondays in person at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development, 1211 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 300, Tampa. On Monday, Oct. 10, the topic is “What is your nonverbal communication saying?” and on Monday, Oct. 17 it is “Get real-time feedback on your 30-second introduction.”

Registration is required for all virtual and in-person programs. For descriptions and registration links, visit, email, or call (813) 344-0200. Job-Links is a program of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

Support groups

Grief support: Empath Health in partnership with Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater is offering a series of four grief support sessions, Mondays, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. All classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All sessions will be over Zoom.

For registration and information about the grief support series, contact Kelly M. Siegel at (727) 735-8743 or

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