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December 19, 2014  RSS feed

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Jewish culture: The Tampa Bay Brandeis National Committee will host a region-wide lecture and lunch with Dr. Steven Whitefield on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Whitefield, a Max Richter Professor of American studies at Brandeis University, has often written about American Jewish culture, particularly Southern Jewish culture and history. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a kosher lunch at the JCC. Cost is $23, including lunch. RSVP by Jan. 5 to Terrill Hameroff at (813) 908-0702.

Genealogical Society

In the Cloud: On Sunday Jan. 11 at 2 p.m., Peter Summers will give a presentation to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on using computer utilities such as Dropbox and Evernote to store genealogy research and records in “The Cloud.” The meeting will take place at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. ” Summers has served as the education director, newsletter editor and as the president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society. He teaches many genealogy and computer classes locally and is often a guest speaker on those subjects. A pre-program social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. For information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.


Dutch treat event: The Ravak Jewish Singles group for those 40 and beyond will meet at the new Ulele restaurant, 1810 N. Highland Ave., Tampa, on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for dinner by calling, (813) 876-2377. The group is sponsored by Congregation Schaarai Zedek, but you do not have to be a member to participate in Ravak programs.


Book Talk: The North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah will meet on Monday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion of the book Away by Amy Bloom. The meeting will take place at the International House of Pancakes, 30200 U.S. 19 N., near Curlew Road.

Cards and games: On Monday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah will meet for Game Day at Regency Oaks, 2725 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater. A $20 admission includes breakfast goodies, lunch, and a day of cards and games. Contact Sharon Goldman at (727) 843- 1697 to register.

Senior exercise afternoon: On Monday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m., join the ladies for a “Senior Exercise Afternoon” at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Yvonne Ast, a retired nurse and health education specialist will speak about the importance of exercise for balance and muscle retention. This will be followed by a demonstration and active participation in chair exercises. Bring a dairy lunch.

Study group: On Monday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. a new study group for the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah will hold its initial meeting at Temple Ahavat Shalom. This group will meet regularly on the fourth Monday of each month, with additional dates to be announced. The group will use materials provided by the national Hadassah organization and will begin by exploring “The Original Balabustas: Ashkenazi Women of Europe, 1000-1700: Helping Each Other Through Thick and Thin.” Contact Jackie Alban at 727-786-5885, for additional information.

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver groups: Menorah Manor’s Bresler Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Program offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on the first Thursday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg, at (727) 302-3750.

Inn on the Pond and the Alzheimer’s Association offer a support group meeting on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Inn on the Pond, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. For more information, contact Sheri Derry at (727) 735-6200 or email

Grief support: A bereavement support group sponsored by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services will meet in the Congregation B’nai Israel library from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15 and 22. The group is led by Renée Baseman of Gulf Coast. The group will use the book, Living With Loss, Healing With Hope, by Rabbi Earl Grollman. A donation of non-perishable food to the GCJFCS food pantry is appreciated. To register, contact Sue Charlip at (727) 479-1811. Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg.

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