Jewish gay and lesbian post-Chanukah party planned

Mindy Solomon will host a mixer to bring together Jewish LGBT (Lesbian Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender) people for a post Chanukah mixer on Dec.16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in downtown St. Petersburg. “I wanted to offer the gallery as a venue to facilitate cultural momentum and let people know about the resources available and encourage them […]

Kosher lunch menus

Kosher lunches are sponsored by the Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services. Meals are served at the Jewish Towers, 3001 W. DeLeon, 11:30 a.m. – noon. There is no charge. Menus subject to change. Call 272- 5160 or visit www.hillsboroughcounty. org/aging for more information. Week of Dec. 13 – Dec. 17 Monday: Home-style BBQ chicken legs, mashed potatoes, carrots, wheat […]

Shabbat Around Town: Not your parents’ Friday night dinner

On Friday, Nov. 12, Kim Mayer, Kim O’Leesky and Parker Gold opened their homes to more than 40 participants for the Young Adult Division (YAD) of Tampa Jewish Federation’s fall Shabbat Around Town. The evening included a potluck dinner, accompanied by Shabbat prayers and plenty of conversation. “I’m new to Tampa and a friend brought me to Shabbat Around Town,” […]

Reform looking at ways to reinvent the movement

By SUE FISHKOFF JTA news service After the Reform movement broadcast online its first session devoted to reassessing itself, in mid-November, the comments poured in. One viewer suggested that the movement create a network of schools, camps, shuls and seminaries focused on tikkun olam, the Jewish injunction to repair the world. Another said the movement should train five times as […]

Inaugural 8 Over 80 honorees inducted into Weinberg Village Senior Hall of Fame

Weinberg Village, Tampa’s only Jewish assisted living facility, recently formally recognized eight local seniors, 80 years or older, for their dedication to the Jewish and general community in Tampa and beyond. The honorees were inducted into the Weinberg Village Senior Hall of Fame during a dessert reception Sunday, Oct. 31 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. The inaugural 8 over […]

‘Dr. Laz’ to be featured at Shabbaton

David Lazerson, PhD, aka “Dr. Laz” — the original Rockin’ Reggae Rabbi who played drums for the Grateful Dead — will be here next month for a Shabbaton weekend sponsored by Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas County. The Shabbaton will get under way Friday night, Dec. 17 when Dr. Laz will have an “Exclusive Teen Shabbat Dinner.” He will discuss “Skullcaps […]

Religious Directory

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Reform BETH ISRAEL/ JEWISH CONGREGATION OF SUN CITY CENTER – 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. , Sun City Center • Mailing Address: P. O. Box 5203, Sun City Center, 33571 • Rabbi Philip Aronson • Shabbat Services: Friday 7:45 p. m. • Telephone: 633-2548 or 634-2590 • Web address: fl042. urj. net. Congregation BETH AM – 2030 W. […]


Genealogical Society Idea exchange: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon for a luncheon, followed by a brief business meeting in which new officers will be elected, then a program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is at Imperial Palms at the West Clubhouse, 3600 Imperial Palm Drive, Largo. The program will […]

Sometimes we must just accept

The brochure I read in preparation for our Maine vacation described an unusual animal called a snow hare. It looks like a rabbit in every way except for its feet. While regular bunnies have a separation between their toes, snow hares have webbing. This allows them to use their feet like snowshoes. They can hop along gracefully without plunging below […]

Interfaith families succeed in separating Chanukah, Christmas, according to survey

Interfaith families who are raising their children Jewish are able to participate in secular Christmas activities without compromising their children’s Jewish identities. That’s one of the trends in the seventh annual survey by Interfaithfamily. com on the “December Dilemma,” the annual confluence of Chanukah and Christmas. “Interfaith couples raising Jewish children and participating in Christmas continues to be common,” said […]