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August 10, 2018  RSS feed
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Suncoast Hillels enlists congregations for first Tashlich with a twist


Eckerd College’s Reverse Tashlich, sponsored by the school’s Scubi Jew group two years ago, shown above, inspired plans to involve the entire Jewish community in the effort to clean up our shoreline. Eckerd College’s Reverse Tashlich, sponsored by the school’s Scubi Jew group two years ago, shown above, inspired plans to involve the entire Jewish community in the effort to clean up our shoreline. On Rosh HaShanah, it is customary for Jews to go to a body of water and symbolically cast away their sins during the Tashlich service. But this year, nine Tampa Bay area Reform and Conservative congregations will join with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast to reverse the Tashlich tradition, removing human sins from the water by cleaning up local waterfronts.

The first Tampa Bay Jewish Community Reverse Tashlich will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, which falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The congregations that have signed up to participate in the Reverse Tashlich project are: Congregation B’nai Israel, St. Petersburg; Congregation Beth Am, Tampa; Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater; Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa; Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa; Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor; Temple B’nai Israel, Clearwater; and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg.

“Reverse Tashlich will bring members of the Jewish community together for a day of tikkun olam (repair the world), or Tikkun HaYam™ (Repair the Sea), Suncoast Hillels’ new Jewish marine conservation initiative. It will give us all a chance to do this very meaningful work for the benefit of the marine environment and the entire Tampa Bay community,” said Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Suncoast Hillel’s executive director. “I am thrilled that so many of our Bay Area congregations and community members will share in this spiritual and important program.”

Reverse Tashlich is the brainchild of the scuba diving enthusiasts’ Scubi Jew club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Two years ago, the students organized a Reverse Tashlich on campus. After that experience, the students wanted to make it a bigger program with a broader reach, so the decision was made to bring the program to the community-at-large.

The inaugural community-wide Reverse Tashlich was planned during last year’s High Holiday season, but Hurricane Irma forced its cancellation.

During this year’s event, each team of volunteers will be assigned a waterfront area in Hillsborough or Pinellas Counties to be cleaned during one of two shift choices, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and adequate sun protection. Community service hours will be available for student participants.

All required materials will be provided by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, which are partnering with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast.

Everyone is welcome to lend a hand. To join the effort, contact one of the participating congregations or Hillels of the Florida Suncoast at (813) 899-2788.


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