Religious Directory

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYReform BETH ISRAEL/ JEWISH CONGREGATION OF SUN CITY CENTER — 1115 East DelWebb Blvd., Sun City Center • Mailing Address: P. O. Box 5203, Sun CityCenter, 33571 • Rabbi Carla Freedman • Shabbat Services: Friday 7:30p.m., 2nd & 4th Saturday 10:00 a.m., Torah Study: 12 noon • Telephone:634-2590 • Web address: www.jcscc.org. • Affiliated with Union forReform JudaismCongregation BETH […]


Singles Cabaret outing: Tampa Jewish Singles, a meet-up group for Jewish singles 50 and older, sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, is going to the theater to see Cabaret. The play will be performed in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Tampa, on Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m. Group rate tickets […]

Auschwitz museum staffers discover jewelry in false bottom of victim’s mug

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Staffers at the Auschwitz museum found a gold ring hidden in a false bottom of one of the cups on display in the main exhibition. During conservation work on one of the enamel mugs, a double, or false, bottom was discovered, the museum said in a statement. Inside the false bottom, the staffers discovered a women’s […]

House passes bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughter as religious freedoms

WASHINGTON – A bill unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend religious protections internationally to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists, addressing what its sponsors describe as an increase in religious persecution in recent years. The bill, passed Monday, May 16, would broaden the definition of “violations of religious freedom” in the International […]

Jordanians hired by Eilat hotels in pilot program

(JTA) – In a first for Jordan-Israel relations, a small group of Jordanian citizens recently gained employment in Israel’s hospitality sector as part of a pilot project negotiated by the two countries. The Washington Post reported that the program, which “very quietly” launched six months ago, currently permits 700 Jordanians to cross the border to work in the Red Sea […]

TJFS to add offices at Glazer JCC, expand service area

Construction and planning is ongoing, and by year’s end, Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) will expand their offices and services to the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC facility (formerly the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory), at 522 N. Howard Ave. While TJFS will offer the same programs and services at the South Tampa location as it does at its current […]

Menorahs sold at Target recalled

Shoppers who purchased an acrylic menorah at Target for about $20 anytime from October through December 2015 should take note that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall order for the menorahs. Though the manufacturer was not named in the recall notice, the commission reports that the defective menorahs, made in China, can melt when the candles […]

Malina Jessie Seldes

Malina Jessie Seldes, daughter of Johanna and Mark Seldes of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 28 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa. A seventh grade honors student at Hillel Academy of Tampa, Malina has attended there since kindergarten. She has been invited and enrolled for several years in the Duke University […]

In pro-Israel victory, United Methodist Church accepts recommendation to withdraw from BDS coalition

(JTA) – Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church recommended withdrawing from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. By a non-binding vote of 478-318 at its general conference in Portland, OR, on Tuesday, May 17, the church accepted a petition requesting […]


HOWARD ‘MEDFORD” D. GIMBEL, 53, of Riverview, died May 7. Born in Burlington, VT, growing up he was active in Little League baseball, making it to the Little League World Series. His family moved to Hollywood in the late 1970s, and he moved to Tampa to attend college. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After several years […]