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The Jewish Press of Tampa and the Jewish Press of Pinellas County are Independently- owned biweekly Jewish community newspapers published in cooperation with and supported by the Tampa JCC & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, respectively. Copyright © 2009-2019 The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc., All Rights Reserved.


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TIMELINE: Jewish Press headlines 1986 - 1995


7/25 (INAUGURAL ISSUE): A contest is under way to design a logo for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County.

10/3: Pinellas County Jewish Day School announces plans for a mid-county campus at a 5-acre site on Lake Avenue in Largo. The school will move from Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, where it is currently housed.

11/28: A $1 million endowment for Menorah Manor, in memory of Bernard L. Samson, is announced at Menorah Manor’s annual meeting.


4/17: Kent Jewish Community Center announces plans for $1.5 million expansion for what is intended to become a $4-5 million community center complex in Clearwater.

5/29: Six eighth-graders will become the first graduating class at Pinellas County Jewish Day School on June 1. They are Bryna Blanchard, Ian Tabb, Sonya Saskin, Sivan Bar-Av, Todd Pardoll and Jodi Newman.

8/17: The Pinellas Federation/UJA Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign eclipses its goal of $1.2 million by $1,000 as the campaign comes to an end. The amount collected also eclipses last year’s $1.1 million mark.

10/2: Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services gears up to help an expected influx of Soviet immigrants into Pinellas County.

10/30: Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County wins approval from city of St. Petersburg to remodel and expand the JCC at its Elbow Lane site.


4/29: The JCC of Pinellas County will abandon its Elbow Lane facility in favor of a new center elsewhere in south county – location yet to be determined.

12/30: The sale of the Kapok Tree Inn in Madeira Beach to the JCC of Pinellas County is completed on Dec. 23.


2/24: Construction begins on Phase One of the new Kent Jewish Community Center, adjacent to the existing center.

7/21: Congregation Rodeph Sholom Rabbi Kenneth Berger and his wife, Aviva, are among those killed in the fiery crash of United flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19. Two of their three children, Jonathan, 9, and Avigail, 16, were on the flight and survive it.

9/11: Judy Ludin’s Sincerely Yours social column makes its debut in the Jewish Press.


1/12: Kent JCC moves into new home at 1955 Virginia St. in Clearwater. The center boasts a new 20,000-square-foot building, which includes an indoor/outdoor Junior Olympic size swimming pool, dressing rooms, kosher kitchen and multipurpose room.

2/9: Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center in Madeira Beach obtains a Nazi-era boxcar like those used to ship Jews to World War II death camps.

5 / 4 : Two thousand people attend the dedication of Temple B’nai Israel’s outdoor Holocaust memorial. It is a sculpture visible from heavily trafficked Belcher Road in Clearwater and the first outdoor Holocaust memorial in the Tampa Bay area.

6/15: JCC of Pinellas County votes to suspend all operations effective June 15, canceling all programs, including Camp Kadima, which was to open in a week.

8/17: The JCC of Pinellas County announces it raised money to pay off its mortgage. After temporarily closing and paying off the mortgage, it says it has operating funds for the next 12-18 months.


2/15: Jewish Press publisher and editor Jim Dawkins is among a group of Tampa Bay Jewish leaders on a solidarity mission to Israel, accompanied by a Channel 10 reporter and cameraman. The trip takes place during the Persian Gulf War, which has prompted Iraq to launch Scud missiles at Israel. Twice on their first day, the group dons gas masks and finds refuge when air raid sirens wail.

12/13: Tampa Bay Holocaust Museum and Educational Center announces it will open its doors on the grounds of the JCC of Pinellas County on Jan. 5 with an exhibit titled “Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945.”


2/28: Pinellas County Jewish Day School announces it will have a north county campus for the next school year – at the Kent Jewish Center.

3/14: Through the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County, Pinellas County residents contribute $1 million to Operation Exodus II to help Jews flee the Soviet Union and resettle in Israel.


4/2: Financial woes threaten to close the USF Hillel program.

5/14: Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Mental Health Service and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County gear up for more Russian immigrants coming to the county.

5/28: The USF Hillel program is saved, but the rabbi-director post is cut to save money.

12/17: Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater seeks a zoning change to allow the Jewish Day School to move to property adjacent to the temple.


1/12: Rezoning request to locate Jewish Day School next to Temple B’nai Israel is denied after neighbors protest.

5/11: Kent Jewish Center and Golda Meir Center for seniors announce plans to merge into one agency.

10/26: A demographic study of Pinellas County shows 24,000 full-time Jewish residents, swelling to about 30,000 with parttime residents. These figures are surprisingly greater than the previous estimate of 15,000 full-time residents.

11/24: An independent survey of Jewish Press readers shows that 91 percent rate the paper as excellent or good.


1/11: Police investigate anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the Holocaust Memorial at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. By March, a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.

2/22: Plans are announced for Jewish Day School to buy the Cottinghan School of Highland Avenue in Clearwater so it can consolidate its two campuses into one central location at the 5.3 acre site.

5/5: A $1,000 reward offered in the case of anti-Semitic graffiti at Temple B’nai Israel has now been extended to include the same for a recent case of vandalism at Congregation Beth Shalom, less than a mile from B’nai Israel in Clearwater.

6/14: Golda Meir Center and Kent JCC announce plans to consolidate on the Kent campus. By mid-July, Golda Meir center has closed its Jupiter Avenue location.

6/14: 6/14: New Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer in welcomed to the community at a reception at the Tampa Jewish Community Campus. He recalls how as a boy he would have to take six to eight chickens a week across town on a bus to get them kosher killed, then bring them home.

.8/16: PCJDS will open Aug. 21 at its new mid-county location on Highland Avenue in Largo.

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