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Jesse Rodman Jesse Rodman Temple B’nai Israel

Mop top Megillah: Purim events this year include a presentation of “The Megillah According to the Beatles,” put on by Rabbi Daniel Treiser, Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled and the senior staff on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to those who bring a dessert for a pot luck dessert reception following the shpiel.

Joint carnival: For the first time, Temple B’nai Israel and congregation Beth Shalom, both in Clearwater, will hold a joint Purim carnival. The event, to be held at Temple B’nai Israel on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 3 p.m., will benefit youth groups from both congregations

Rummage sale: The Sisterhood is holding a rummage sale on Sunday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations for the event will be accepted at the synagogue from Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. and on Friday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the temple office or Barbara Baughman at (727) 507-0909.

Showtime: The Young Couples Club, a group for couples in their 40s and younger, will see American Stage’s production of Rent on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at Demens Landing Park in St. Petersburg. Bring a blanket and picnic for this event. Cost is $14 per person. To purchase tickets, call (727) 823-7529 or visit For more information, call Kelli Rolfe at (727) 667-0257.

Cong. Beth Shalom

Purim festivities: Celebrations begin Saturday evening, March 19 with a Purim schpiel, featuring song and lyrics by Joni Higger, as well as a Megillah reading. Participants should bring noisemakers and arrive in costume. Following the presentations, homemade hamantashen will be served.

Annual meeting: The annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Installation ceremony: The congregation’s board of directors will be installed during the Shabbat service on Saturday morning, April 2 in the sanctuary. The service begins at 9 a.m.

Adult education: Join Johanna Bromberg for “Great Ages and Ideas” adult education sessions on Wednesdays, April 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the library.

For the munchkins: A new class, Munchkin Tuesdays, will be offered at 10 a.m. at the preschool. Caregivers and their child, 23 months and younger, will have playtime, music, and lots of schmoozing. Cost is $50 per six-week session for members and $60 for non-members.

Jewish Enrichment Center

Noahide laws: A class in the seven Noahide Laws will he held every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. For details, call 474-3663.

Chabad of Clearwater

Purim bash: Enjoy family fun during a Purim bash on Saturday, March 19 at 8:45 p.m. at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. The event will include Purim crafts, interactive games, costume masquerade, Megillah reading, a variety of soups and salads, an open bar for adults and hamentashen. There will be prizes for all who come in costume. To RSVP, call (727) 744-6953 or visit Those planning to attend should e-mail photos of themselves and their family members to to be included in a Purim surprise.

Study in Hebrew: Join the men of Chabad of Clearwater for a bi-weekly Parsha class, given in Hebrew, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Contact Rabbi Yankel Adler at (727) 744-6953 or at

Chabad Center of St. Petersburg

Megillah readings: Come and listen to the reading of the Megillah and enjoy light refreshments at the Chabad Center on Saturday, March 19 at 8:45 p.m. On Sunday, March 20 there will be a morning service and Megillah reading at 8 a.m.

Passport to Purim: Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg hosts “Purim in Israel” on Sunday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Women’s Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. N.E. Leave passports at home and “travel” to an Israeli marketplace to nosh on delicacies including falafel, bourekas, salad, chips and hamentaschen. In addition to hearing the reading of the Megillah, attendees can pray and have a photograph taken at the Kotel (Western Wall). They can also venture to Tzefat to try their hand at jewelry making or make and decorate a greeting card for members of the Israel Defense Force. There will also be a wine tasting in Gaililee and an opportunity to make and drink freshly squeezed orange juice in Jaffa. Cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children. Event sponsorships are available for $250. For more information or to RSVP, call the office at (727) 344-4900 or visit

Women’s lunch and learn: Nourish the body and soul at the women’s lunch and learn on Thursday, March 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center. Discuss timeless messages of the Torah over lunch. Each class is free and a self-contained topic.

English Talmud class: A Talmud class meets at the Chabad Jewish Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. There is a book fee of $18.

Kabbalah and coffee: Join a Kabbalah class every Monday at 1 p.m., taught by Rabbi Alter Korf. Each session is a self-contained class and is free, but participants will need to pay aonetime book fee. For information, email Rabbi@

Temple Beth-El
St. Petersburg

Purim events: A Purim masquerade ball will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m., with dancing to the sounds of the Double M Band. Cost is $18 per person and includes free childcare. There

• CONTINUED on NEXT PAGE will be appetizers and a cash bar. On Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m. there will be a free family Purim event with a “Grease” theme.

Joint carnival: For the third year, Temple Beth-El and Congregation B’nai Israel youth departments will be co-sponsoring a funfilled, Purim carnival and food fair. This year’s festivities for all ages will be on Sunday, March 20 at Temple Beth-El from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Cong. B’nai Israel
St. Petersburg

Purim time: The annual Purim celebration, Saturday, March 19, will begin with Minha and Maariv at 7:30 p.m. followed by a family Megillah reading and costume parade in the sanctuary. There will be the 29th annual Most Creative Gragger Noisemaker contest, with the winner receiving a giant hamantaschen. Purim snacks will follow. Also note a traditional Megillah reading will be held Saturday evening and again on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Man of the Year: The Mitzvah Men’s Club will honor Jesse Rodman as Men’s Club Man of the Year on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event begins with musical Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a dinner and ceremony honoring Rodman.

The award recognizes a man who personifies the spirit of participation that drives the congregation and exemplifies the word “mitzvah.” Rodman is active in congregation and community activities, including volunteering at Menorah Manor. All members of the Jewish community are welcome to attend..

The cost for adults is $18, with prepaid reservations only. Call the synagogue for more information.

The Men’s Club will also be participating in services on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m., with a kiddush to follow.

Game night: An evening of fun and games is planned on Sunday, March 27 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the synagogue. There will be several rounds of challenging games for prizes including Jeoparditty, Name that Toon, Family Food and The Not-So Newlywed Game. All games will use multiple contestants in each round. The games are designed to test recall memory and sense of humor.

Approximately 60 participants will be selected at random from the studio audience during the evening. Teen and youth games are also available. Appetizers and desserts will be served. Cost to attend is $72 and pre-selected game participation costs $114. RSVP to the synagogue office, or mail pre-payment to the synagogue, 300 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. For more information, call Lorne or Sharron Abrams at (727) 374- 8873 or email

Beginners Hebrew: Join Ruth Mauer for her Beginners Hebrew Reading class on Wednesdays, March 16, 23 and 30 at 6:45 p.m. in classroom 3.

Talmud study: Stephen Wein will continue his class covering the first tractate of the Talmud,

Berachot, in “Talmud Made Easy.” Berachot deals with blessings and prayers that make up Judaism’s fundamental rituals. The class involves both textual analysis and discussion and is open to all with no necessary prerequisites. The next class is on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Rise of Rabbinical Judaism: Join Dr. Larry Green on Wednesdays, March 23 and 30 and April 6 and 13 at 7 p.m. for lectures on the Rise of Rabbinical Judaism. The course will explore how Judaism developed from its biblical roots. The lectures, making use of the Teaching Company series “Beginnings of Judaism,” describe the two developments that dramatically altered the practice and religious expression of Judaism and led to its survival – the synagogue, and emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.

Cong. Beth Sholom

Jewish Book Club: The book discussion group will meet on Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Dr. Paul Cohen will lead a discussion on By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan, which is a novel set during the period of the Spanish Inquisition. Members and nonmembers are invited.

Jewish current events: Members and non-members are invited to the next scheduled Jewish current events meeting on Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m., with a discussion led by Dr. Bernard Wolfson. For more information, call the synagogue at (727) 321-3380.

Young Israel/ Chabad of Pinellas County

Palm Harbor

Megillah readings: Come dressed in the Purim spirit for a Megillah reading service on Saturday, March 19 at 9 p.m. Hamantaschen and refreshments will be served. There will also be a morning service and Megillah reading on Sunday, March 20 at 8 a.m.

Purim Carnival: Enjoy games, arts and crafts, food, a bounce castle, cotton candy and a costume contest for adults and children on Sunday, March 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 789-0408 or email

Purim Dinner Italian style: On Sunday, March 20, there will be a Megillah reading at 4:30 p.m., followed by an Italian buffet dinner at 5 p.m. and music. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children and sponsorships are $180. RSVP immediately at or call (727) 789-0408.

Megillah readings for shut-ins: Those who know of someone who can not get out or who is in a nursing home and wants a Megillah reading, call Rabbi Shalom Adler at (727) 789-0408 to arrange a special Purim visit.

Temple Ahavat Shalom
Palm Harbor

Israel and politics: The scholar in residence weekend and fundraising and lecture event will be held from Friday, March 25, through Sunday, March 27. Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will be the special guest speaker for the event. Tickets start at $18 and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact the temple office at (727) 785-8811.

Purim celebrations: A variety of Purim activities are planned at the temple. On Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. there will be special activities at the temple, including mask and gragger making, followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. that includes a Purim skit and reading the Megillah. To participate, call the temple office. Those attending are asked to come dressed in costume. Also, the Religious School’s Purim program will be held Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m., including Megillah reading, songs and the annual Purim carnival.

For mothers: Mom’s Morning Out and Mommy & Me Classes are now available at Temple Ahavat Shalom’s Krieger Early Childhood Center. Mom’s Morning Out is a class for toddlers up to 2 years of age and meets every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $20 a class. No registration is needed as this is a drop-in program.

Mommy & Me is a free program for parents to come with their children ages 6 months to 24 months for a morning of fun. This program is offered the first and third Tuesday of every month from 9:30- 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jami Hodges at (727) 785-8811, ext. 3.

Lunch N’ Learn: Join Cantor Deborah Jacobson at noon each Thursday in the social hall for a class that uses the ground-breaking The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as well as other biblical commentaries and resources. For details and to order your book, email or Call the temple office at 785-8811, ext. 110.

Judaism 101: Rabbi Gary Klein’s Introduction to Judaism class meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The class will be of interest to those adopting Judaism, as well as people who are already Jewish who want to increase their knowledge. There is no charge for temple members; $100 for nonmembers. Call the temple office for more information.

A novel class: A new class with Rabbi Gary Klein meets on Tuesday at 11 am. The first half of each class session will be devoted to insights found in three contemporary novels that Rabbi Klein has recently read: A Just Revenge by Alan Dershowitz, Nemesis by Philip Roth and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It is not necessary to have read the books to attend. The second half of class time will be devoted to a discussion of current moral issues from a Jewish perspective. The class is free for temple members and $50 fee for nonmembers. Call the temple office at (727) 785-8811 to register.

Passover preparation: An educational program, “How to Make Sure Your Passover Seder is Not the Eleventh Plague,” sponsored by the Sisterhood, will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall. This is a fun, interactive and instructional evening about food, ritual and family. Cost is $5 for Sisterhood members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call (727) 785-8811.

Cong. Beth Tefillah/ JCC of West Pasco

Purim: The congregation will celebrate Purim on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. with an ice cream social and hamantashen. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the best Purim-related costume and at 7 p.m. there will be a reading of the Megillah.

Challah Club: The Challah Club meets on the first Monday of the month in the kitchen of the JCC at 10:30 a.m.

Bingo: Enjoy complimentary doughnuts and coffee during bingo games every Thursday. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the first game is at 10 a.m. Other food is available for purchase.

Women meet: The Jewish Community Center Women’s Club monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Casino trip: The JCC Women’s Club will sponsor a day at the Hard Rock Casino on Wednesday, March 16. The bus will leave the JCC parking lot at 9 a.m. and return approximately at 4 p.m.

Showtime: The JCC Women’s Club will host a day at the Show Palace Dinner Theater on Sunday, March 27, at 1 p.m. where 42nd Street will be seen. Call (727) 847- 3814 for more information.

Movie time: A free showing of Keeping Up With the Steins, rated PG-13, will be offered on Sunday, April 3. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Soda, coffee and popcorn will be provided. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 1:30 p.m.

Chabad Jewish Center of West Pasco

A New York Purim: Enjoy deli sandwiches, kosher pickles straight from the barrel, l’chaims and a juggling show on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Purim festivities with a Lower East Side flavor. Cost is $18 per person and sponsorships are $360. RSVP to Rabbi@chabadwp

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