JONATHAN LOUIS ALPERT, 69, of Miami Beach, died Nov. 15. Born in Baltimore, he grew up in Coral Gables. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and president of the Debate Council. He obtained his juris doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was a member […]

Temple to present show on Yiddish theater

Temple Ahavat Shalom will present “The Whole Megillah: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre, ” a blend of original graphics, scanned photos, historic videos and an extensively researched, scripted narrative combined with live music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago’s premier Jewish musical group. The show, a fundraiser for the congregation, will be on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 […]


Brandeis Jewish culture: The Tampa Bay Brandeis National Committee will host a region-wide lecture and lunch with Dr. Steven Whitefield on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Whitefield, a Max Richter Professor of American studies at Brandeis University, has often written about American Jewish culture, particularly Southern Jewish culture and […]

Hillels Suncoast essay contest offers scholarships

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast has announced the Rutstein Judaic Essay Contest that will award a total of $1,800 in scholarships to six Jewish undergraduate students attending college in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Sarasota counties. Through the contest, supported by Stan and Jo Rutstein of Sarasota, Jewish undergraduate students are invited to consider the concept of the future of Judaism and […]

20 Women of Distinction honored in ceremony

Nearly 350 people gathered at Congregation Schaarai Zedek earlier this month as the Tampa JCC & Federation Women’s Philanthropy group honored 20 community members at The Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction program. The JCC & Federation developed the program to recognize women who exemplify Jewish values and commitment to their organizations and to the Jewish community. (For photos of the […]

What have we learned from history?

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: We who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. I heartily suggest Rabbi Ed Rosenthal’s opinion (Rabbinically Speaking, Dec. 5) concerning those who hate Jews falls into this category. Perhaps he should have read his history, but as he is in denial of it I shall bring it to his attention and the readers’ […]

Asolo Rep launches season with ‘The Matchmaker’

Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota kicks off its 2014-15 season with three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder’s uproarious romantic comedy, The Matchmaker. Adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, Hello Dolly!, the play opens Friday, Jan. 9, and runs in rotating rep through Saturday, April 11. “Some might ask why Asolo Rep would not just do Hello, Dolly!” said director Peter […]

Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation to launch “Life & Legacy” program in 2015

The Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP) has launched a new endowment program that will empower members of the community to have a longterm impact on Jewish institutions and organizations at home, in Israel and around the world. Through the program, area Jewish agencies, synagogues and Jewish day schools commit to work together to collectively secure endowment gifts. The grant-funded […]

Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony to spotlight liberation of death camps

As a young U.S. Army officer, Lt. Frank Towers encountered the horrors of the Holocaust in April 1945 when soldiers in his unit came across one of three trains filled with Jewish prisoners that had been dispatched days earlier from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, headed for the Theresienstadt death camp gas chamber in Czechoslovakia. One train made it […]

Job-Links plans YAD networking happy hour

TampaBay-Job-Links will host a Bay Area networking happy hour for the Young Adult Divisions (YAD) of the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, 4100 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. All young professionals from Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater […]