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Cong. B’nai Emmunah

Tarpon Springs

Pets, livestock blessing: Congregation B’nai Emmunah will have a special Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon at the temple. People are invited to bring their pets and even livestock to the 20-minute service. The Suncoast SPCA of Pasco County will be in attendance, with brochures, pet treats and some pets available for adoption. To RSVP or for more information, call Cantor Colman Reaboi at (727) 938-9000.

Hebrew reading: A Hebrew reading class for adults starts Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 7-9 p.m. This is an eight-week course given by Cantor Reaboi. For more information, call the temple office at (727) 938-9000.

Book Club: Author Linda Ferrer will be on hand to sign her book, Forever a Stranger, when the book club meets on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. The group will meet at a congregant’s home. Call the temple office for location and additional information.

Save the date: The next chavurah get together will be on Dec. 13 at the temple for a celebration of Chanukah.

Workouts: Instructor Jim Rosenthal teaches Yo Chi on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Qi Gong on Wednesdays from 9-10:30 a.m. Both classes are open to the community. For more information, call (727) 938-9000.

Temple Ahavat Shalom

Palm Harbor

Youth Shabbat service: The temple’s youth groups will lead a special Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.

Antiques primer: On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the social hall, the Sisterhood will host Eleanor Vassel, owner of Vassel Art and Antiques in Dunedin, who will talk about today’s most sought after collectibles. Participants should bring an item to share its history with others. Cost is $2 for non-Sisterhood and Brotherhood members. Dessert and coffee will be served. Contact eskclwtr@ to RSVP.

Honoring veterans: There will be a special Shabbat service to honor veterans on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Book club: The temple Book Club will be meeting in the library on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m. For information, contact or call the temple office.

Silk art: On Sunday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the social hall, Marlene Glickman, a nationally recognized fiber artist, will teach folks how to make their own designer silk scarves, challah covers and/or tallit. This is a Sisterhood sponsored event and lunch will be provided. All materials are non-toxic and no experience is necessary. This is for those age 8 through adults. Scarves are $20, challah covers are $30 and Tallits are $60. Register early; space is limited. Send a check made out to TAS Sisterhood to Temple Ahavat Shalom, c/o Sisterhood, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683.

Family fishing trip: Congregants can bring their entire family to Clearwater Beach Marina for an afternoon of deep sea fishing on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for adults, $25 for children 17 and under. Registration is available on the Ahavat Shalom Brotherhood’s web page at 3/brotherhood#!2029.preview. For more information, contact the temple office.

Theater outing: A group from the temple will see a performance of Guys and Dolls on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Orchestra seat tickets are available at $60. For more information and to RSVP by Nov. 5, email anne-mariecumming@

Judaism 101: An Introduction to Judaism class will meet Sundays, at 11 a.m. in Rabbi Gary Klein’s study. This class is appropriate for those considering adopting Judaism as their faith, for those in a relationship with someone Jewish and Jews who wish to review and enhance their knowledge. Class fee is $100 per person or couple for non-members. There is no fee for temple members. For more information or to register, call the temple office.

Torah study: A “Lunch N’ Learn Torah Study Class” with Cantor Deborah Jacobson is offered on Thursdays at noon. This class utilizes The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as well as other Biblical commentaries and resources. For details and to order a book, email or call the temple office.

Young Israel/Chabad of Pinellas

Palm Harbor

Loaves of love: Women from the local Jewish community are invited to learn the art of challah baking at a Loaves of Love program on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Chabad of Pinellas County. The event, held in memory of Ruth Kreisler, will include lessons so women can bake their own challah, a musical performance by Ketruah, and a buffet of challah with dips, salads and desserts. Cost is $18 and sponsorships of $108 are available. RSVP to (727) 789-0408 or for to

Caribbean Shabbat: On Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:15 p.m. there will be a Caribbean Shabbat dinner featuring traditional foods with a Caribbean twist. Cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children, or $75 or per family. AShabbat service at 5:30 will precede the dinner

Sponsorships are $180. RSVP to or call (727) 789-0408.

Talmud legends: Explore the moral and mystical stories of the Talmud on Sundays from 9-10 a.m.

Cong. Beth Shalom


Talmud class: Ongoing every Monday morning, Dr. Priscilla Nathanson will teach an adult Talmud class which is open for all levels of knowledge as students explore ancient legal tradition. The class is after minyan, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the social hall.

Jewish values: An adult education class, “The Human Dimension of Text: Lessons of Intimacy and Rebellion from the Talmud,” begins Wednesday, Nov. 5 and will be taught by Beth Shalom Rabbi Danielle Upbin, who is also a Jewish Theological Seminary Florida Rabbinic Fellow. It will be offered the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through March 18. The class is based on the book, A Bride for One Night, by Ruth Calderon. The class will draw upon Talmudic discourse for a discussion of ancient and contemporary Jewish values. The class is offered by the synagogue in partnership with JTS. RSVP to the JTS office be emailing

Hebrew crash course: For adults who want to read Hebrew by Chanukah, a crash course over six sessions is being offered on Thursdays, from Oct. 30 through Dec. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. The class will be led by Tami Wolf and Anne deMarlor. Those interested must register by Oct. 27. The course is free for Beth Shalom members, $36 for non-members. Call (727) 531-1418 to register.

‘Mishpacha and Me’: Families with children from infants through age 6, and their siblings, can participate in a program with Joni Higger on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. There will be singing, dancing, a kidfriendly lite dinner plus activities, stories, challah and more. For more information and to RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 4, call or email Tami Wolf at (727) 531-1418 or cbstami@ This is free for Congregation Beth Shalom members and $10 for a non-member family.

Book discussion: On Saturday, Nov. 8 after a kiddush lunch in the social hall, there will be a book discussion at 1 p.m., led by Paul Applefield. The book to be discussed is My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, who has worked for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz for 20 years. My Promised Land is an insider’s look at events that have shaped Israel, from its Zionist roots to the present. Everyone is welcome.

Prayerbook class: Beginning on Nov. 12, a T’filot and Siddur class will be meeting every second and fourth Wednesday through June 10. The class is open for all levels of knowledge and will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the synagogue library. Johanna Bromberg will facilitate the class.

Save the date: Mitzvah Day 2014 is set for Sunday, Dec. 14. The congregation seeks individuals or families who would like to help plan a project and gather some friends to help with community projects such as a beach clean up, a yard clean up for people who are physically unable to clean up their yards, organizing items at the PARC thrift store, etc. All levels of ability are acceptable. Contact Mitzvah Day co-chairs Caren Evans or Anne deMarlor through the synagogue at (727) 531-1418.

Temple B’nai Israel


Great Jewish thinkers: A course, “Perspectives from Great Jewish Thinkers.” will be offered on Wednesdays from Oct. 29 through Dec. 3, except for Nov. 26. The class is at 7 p.m. and will be taught by Rabbi Daniel Treiser. Students will study great Jewish minds, focusing on thinkers of the 20th century who contributed to our understanding of God and the world. Students will explore some of their most famous teachings and how they can inform lives today. The class is free and open to the community. Call the temple office for more information at (727) 531-5829.

Torah study: A weekly Torah study class taught by Rabbi Treiser resumes on Oct. 29 from 8-9 p.m. This year, the class will “begin at the end” by starting study with the final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy. This is a great class for those who have never studied the Torah before. The class is free for members; $30 for non-members.

Beginning Hebrew: This class is offered to adults who have never studied the Hebrew language and/or those who simply wish to brush up. The instructor is Denise Kirschbaum and the class runs from Oct. 29 through Jan. 28 every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. The cost is $20 for members to cover the cost of the book, $50 for non-members.

Roll the dice: Temple B’nai Israel’s Denim & Dice Casino Night will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and games beginning at 7:30 p.m. This event features table games, entertainment, gourmet food, desserts and cocktails. There is a silent auction and an opportunity to drive away in a classic car. Tickets are $50 and babysitting is available. For more information, call (727) 531-5829 or email

Cong. Beth Sholom


Sisterhood: The Beth Sholom Sisterhood meets Tuesday mornings at the synagogue for informal chats over coffee. There is no charge. For details, call Marlene at (727) 866-7330 or Molly at (727) 492-7556.

Chabad Center of St. Petersburg

Rosy outlook: Without being naïve is it possible to see only the good in everything? On Tuesday, Nov. 4 join Rabbi Alter Korf as he presents a sophisticated understanding of reality, which uncovers a world in which there is only opportunity, positivity and goodness. The class will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center. For more information or to RSVP, call (727) 344-4900 or email info@

Girls’ night out: In November, the Rosh Chodesh Society at Chabad of St. Pete will begin a monthly “girl’s night out” event. The program will be held at a private home in St. Petersburg and feature an exploration of love, marriage, and relationships, giving participants tangible and concrete tools to enhance relationships. Drinks and desserts will be served. The first girls night out will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and others are scheduled for Dec. 4, Jan. 8 and Feb. 5. Cost is $10. For the location of the event and more information, visit or call (727) 344-4900.

Teen Shabbat: Teens are invited to get together on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the home of Rabbi Alter and Chaya Korf for Shabbat dinner and games. The event is free for CTeen members; $10 for nonmembers. For more information contact

Seizing the moment: People often reminisce about the past and impatiently look forward to the future, but how successful are folks with living in the present? Women are invited to learn some tips at a Lunch and Learn session on Thursday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. There is no charge for lunch or the program. To RSVP, call the Chabad center at (727) 344-4900.

Temple Beth-El St. Petersburg

Home Havdalah: The first Havdalah in the Home of the new year will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of a member. Bring a dairy dish to share and celebrate the end of Shabbat. Contact Deborah Kelly for the exact address and/or more info:

Art Fest 101: Learn the ins and outs of putting together Art Festival Beth-El during a backstage tour. This event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the temple’s all purpose room. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 31 by calling (727) 347-6136 or e-mailing

Making lunches: The temple’s social action committee will be making lunches for the Daystar Life Center on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the social hall. Daystar provides support to people in the community who are economically or physically challenged. For more information, contact Robin Warren,

Luncheon with rabbi: On Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. Rabbi Michael Torop will host a Sacred Aging Luncheon especially for those born before 1945. This gathering is focused on making connections, cultivating new friendships and providing encouragement. Pre-order lunch for $15 or bring one at no charge. RSVP to Angela immediately at (727) 347-6136 or angela@templebeth

JewishMeditationGroup: Lead by Marshall Reissman, this is a new, guided meditation group with Jewish themes for spiritual development. The group will meet every Thursday, from Nov. 13 through Dec. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the BEEFY Lounge. This group is for those seeking to enhance their relationship with God. Spend time discussing Jewish works that will inspire and guide focused meditation time. There will be no class on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27.

Basic Judaism: Rabbi Michael Torop will be teaching a fall session of his introduction class every Thursday, from Nov. 13 through Dec. 11, except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. The class is from 7:30-9 p.m. and is for those considering conversion to Judaism or who simply would like to learn the basics.

Family camping weekend: Go camping or just come during the days on Fridays through Sunday, Nov. 7-9, at KOA Madeira Beach for a weekend of activities such as biking, family yoga, crafts and activities and, of course, s’mores. Weekend or day passes are available.

Families with young children are invited to the campgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. for a special Havdalah service led by Rabbi Torop. The group will then explore their sense of smell with various spice boxes and make their own. Guests may visit KOA for the day and/or evening if they are not staying for the full weekend camping event.

Contact Miriam Pardoll at or go to under the “Special Events” section to find out more information about the weekend.

Lecture series: Barbara Dobkin, a pre-eminent Jewish feminist and philanthropist, will speak on Friday, Nov. 14 immediately following Shabbat services that begin at 7:30 p.m. on “If not now – when? Building a just future for women worldwide.” Her speech is part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series. Dobkin co-founded Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project and has been a pioneering donor-activist on Jewish gay and lesbian issues. The lecture will follow Shabbat services and is free and open to all. For more information, call the temple.

Chabad Center of West Pasco

JLI Torah Studies: Rabbi Yossi Eber’s Torah class and current events discussion is held on Mondays at 7 p.m. These sessions are for men and women. The cost for a full season is $75 and includes textbook, or it is $10 per class and $36 for the textbook. New class: Study at the rabbi’s house on Thursdays at 8 p.m. with a class, “The Gate to the Understanding of G-d’s Unity and Faith.” The class will study the second part of the Book of Tanya. This will be an in-depth and kabbalistic understanding of “Shma Yisrael” – G-d’s interaction with creation.

Cong. Beth T’fillah/ JCC of West Pasco

Family Shabbat dinner: There will be a pot-luck dinner on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. before a family Shabbat service at 8 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a non-meat dish (dairy or vegetarian) or dessert to share. Call Melissa at (727) 372-7776 to RSVP and indicate what you’ll be bringing.

Dine Out Club: The Dine Out Club meets at Thai Bistro, 5414 Main St., New Port Richey, on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. For more information and reservations, call Carl at (727) 267-9062.

Adult education: Rabbi Al Goldberg leads an adult education class every Monday at 11 a.m. at the JCC. Call the JCC office at (727) 847-3814 for more details.

Celebrity showcase: A dozen unique professional acts will perform in a showcase of talent on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person. For tickets and information, call (727) 863-4092.

Sinatra, Beatles tribute: There will be a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles on Sunday, Nov. 16, put on by John Timpanelli and his cast of performers. An optional dinner is available at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets with dinner are $25 per person and “show only” tickets are $12 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required and group rates are available. For tickets and information, call 727- 863-4092.

Bingo: Bingo games are played at the JCC every Thursday, with doors opening at 8 a.m. and games starting at 10 a.m. Volunteers to assist at the games are needed. Enjoy free coffee, tea and dooughnuts with more food available for purchase.

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