Young adults Bucs watch party: Enjoy an afternoon watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dec. 3. The party, sponsored by #Gather, will be at Blind Goat Food & Drink Co., 4105 Henderson Blvd., Tampa from noon to 4 p.m. The first 20 people to RSVP for the event will receive a free drink. […]

Hanukkah Happenings

Information received as of press time: SOUTH TAMPA Jewish Heritage Night will be celebrated at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Dec. 7 when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Colorado Avalanche. The event, sponsored by the Tampa JCCs & Federation and Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay, will include a pre-game menorah lighting ceremony at Ford Thunder Alley at 6:45 p.m. […]

New exhibit explores Jewish contributions to Orlando’s growth

The earliest Jewish religious services in the Orlando area were held in a citrus grove. The story of the Orlando Jewish community where only five families were known to live at the turn of the 20th century to a population exceeding 30,000 today, is told in a new exhibition, Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando. The exhibit […]

Genesis Prize co-founder denies that award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was ‘consolation prize’

(JTA) – The co-founder of the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” denied a report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was intended to be the award’s 2018 laureate but instead was given a lifetime achievement award as “a consolation prize.” Stan Polovets denied the veracity of an article published in Haaretz, which quoted unnamed sources saying […]

Letters to the Editor

Jews should support First Amendment Dear Editor: The article by Jamie Shapiro on Richard Spencer’s appearance at UF is disheartening for several reasons. Why is it “very alarming” that someone is giving a speech on campus? Why is she delighted that protestors “shut down” the speech by drowning it out with chants? Spencer is labeled a “white supremacist” spreading “hate.” […]

Reform leaders pushed and shoved by security at the Wall

(JTA) – Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday, Nov. 16, as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The […]

Women share bread and blessings at annual Chabad Challah Bake

Nobody “kneaded” an excuse to come to the Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass. On Oct 26, more than 130 women gathered in a packed room to make challah, marking Chabad at Wiregrass’s 3rd annual Mega Challah Bake. The local Mega Challah Bake was one of 300 challah bakes that took place simultaneously around the world. “Challah baking is a time-honored […]

Critics warn House tax reform bill could politicize houses of worship

(JTA) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines that critics said effectively repeals an amendment designed to keep houses of worship nonpartisan. The vote Thursday, Nov. 16, was 227- 205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Its passage represents the advancement of a key […]


CONNIE DUGLIN, 71, of Tampa, died Nov. 7. Born in Peoria, IL, she was a graduate of Salem College, NC, after which she moved to New York and worked as an international flight attendant for TWA. In 1978, she and her husband moved to Tampa and founded the Connie Duglin Specialty Linen Company. She was active in the Junior League, […]

Nuremberg prosecutor to give Skype interview at Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Lawyers of Conscience invites the community to attend a special interview via Skype with the last living Nuremberg Trial prosecutor. The museum’s Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman will interview Benjamin Ferencz, 97, from his home in South Florida. The program will be broadcast live on a large screen via Skype at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg […]