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Tampa clergy vie for bragging rights at PJ Library event based on book, ‘The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti’


Spaghetti slurping contestants included, from left, Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz, Congregation Beth Shalom; Rabbi Richard Birnholz, Congregation Schaarai Zedek; Rabbi Marc Blatt, Hillel Academy; Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami; Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Congregation Beth Am; and Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever, Congregation Mekor Shalom.

Spaghetti slurping contestants included, from left, Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz, Congregation Beth Shalom; Rabbi Richard Birnholz, Congregation Schaarai Zedek; Rabbi Marc Blatt, Hillel Academy; Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami; Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Congregation Beth Am; and Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever, Congregation Mekor Shalom.

PJ Library Tampa proudly hosted local clergy for the first annual “The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti” event, held at the JCC on the Cohn Campus on Sunday, April 14th.

The event brought together PJ Library friends and community members for an afternoon of food, arts & crafts, and friendly competition.

Attendees of all ages enjoyed crafting noodle necklaces and creating posters to cheer on their favorite clergy members before indulging in a spaghetti lunch.

The highlight of the event was the Super Slurper competition, where six clergy members showcased their slurping skills.

Participating were Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz, Congregation Beth Shalom; Rabbi Richard Birnholz, Congregation Schaarai Zedek; Rabbi Marc Blatt, Hillel Academy; Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami; Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Congregation Beth Am; and Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever, Congregation Mekor Shalom.

The competition was fierce, with each participant demonstrating their unique spaghetti-slurping style. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg emerged victorious, earning the esteemed title of “Super Slurper,” along with a trophy.

Special recognitions were also given to Rabbi Rachel Blatt for her messy slurping technique and Rabbi Marc Blatt for his enthusiastic approach. The event concluded with Amy Gross from Hillel Academy, reading the beloved PJ Library storybook, “The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti.”

Amanda Quillen, a PJ Library committee member, commented, “It was the perfect event to have prior to the Passover holiday, bringing our community together in joyous celebration.”

The event “exemplified the spirit of community, camaraderie, and fun, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended. PJ Library looks forward to continuing to create memorable experiences for families in the Tampa area,” said Laura Kaufmann, PJ Library program professional.

For more information about upcoming events and programs, visit jewishtampa.com/pjlibrary.

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