Rabbi Betsy Torop to leave Brandon’s Beth Shalom after 14 years

After 14 years, Rabbi Betsy Torop is stepping down as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, and congregants are planning an evening to honor her for her service. “Rabbi Torop has been a valuable, beloved member and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon,” said Toby Koch, a vice president and member of the congregation’s executive committee. […]

Downtown Tampa will be scene of Vodka Latke

The Tampa Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will jointly host the annual Vodka Latke, a popular annual event for Jewish singles and couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s, on Sunday, Dec. 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Franklin Manor in downtown Tampa. Franklin Manor, a co-sponsor of the event, offers handcrafted cocktails, […]

Campus unity drowns out hate speech by white supremecist at University of Florida

In the three years that I have been a student at the University of Florida I have seen and become a part of the large and extremely accepting Jewish community on campus. With a whopping 6,500 Jewish undergraduate students making up almost 20 percent of the undergraduate population, I had never once felt like the Jewish community was unwelcome or […]

Israeli army vows to defend nearby Druze village in Syria after 9 die in attack

(JTA) – In a departure from Israel’s policy of minimal intervention in Syria’s civil war, the Israeli army said it would help defend a Druze village in Syria where Sunni militants killed nine people. The Israel Defense Forces will prevent the village of Khadr, near its northern border, from being run over by the militants “out of a commitment to […]

Shabbat Project reaches more than 1 million people in 97 countries

(JTA) – More than one million people in 97 countries around the world participated in the 5th annual Shabbat Project. Some 1,416 cities around the world, up from 1,152 cities last year, held activities surrounding the 25 hours of Shabbat on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. Some 586 of the participating cities were located in the United States. Another more […]

Sukkot at UT

Religious Directory

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYReform BETH ISRAEL/ JEWISH CONGREGATION OF SUN CITY CENTER— 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center • MailingAddress: P. O. Box 5203, Sun City Center, 33571 •Rabbi Carla Freedman • Shabbat Services: Friday 7:30p.m., 2nd & 4th Saturday 10 a.m., Torah Study: noon •Telephone: (813) 634-2590 • Web address: www.jcscc.org. • Affiliated with Union for Reform JudaismCongregation BETH […]

Former commander at MacDill to speak on Jews in military

Retired Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN, a former commander of the U.S. Central Command’s Joint Intelligence Center at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, will speak about “Jews in the Military” as Shabbat guest speaker on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. The event is free and open to the community. Becker had a long and […]

Hanukkah lunch for Holocaust survivors Dec. 14

A Hanukkah luncheon honoring Holocaust survivors from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. Musical entertainment will be provided by Boris N Sax. The catered luncheon is for Holocaust survivors and spouses. It is co-sponsored by Gulf Coast […]

Ex-skinhead to deliver message of tolerance

A former skinhead will speak out against hate during a program at Eckerd College on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The speech, by Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, is part of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement. It had been scheduled earlier but postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Meeink was a […]