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December 14, 2018  RSS feed

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Cong. B’nai Israel St. Petersburg

Havdalah in the city: On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to the new week with friends and family. Bring a friend and meet under the Banyan tree in North Straub Park with your flashlight and/or glow sticks. Follow up with a Jewbilees (Baby Boomer) dinner at MEZE 119. In case of rain, service will be rescheduled.

Interfaith service: A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel. The theme will be “true love and unity.” Sponsored by Interfaith Tampa Bay, this service will be put on with help from the city of St. Petersburg and include a musical presentation from the congregation’s choir under the direction of Cantor Jonathan Schultz. The MLK Essay Contest winner will be recognized and a keynote speech will be given by Dr. Roy Kaplan. All are welcome.

Sisterhood, songs and simchas: The Sisterhood will take an active role in Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. at simcha Shabbat. In honor of the “Sabbath of Song,” Cantor Jonathan Schultz and the choir will present special musical selections during the Shabbat morning service.

Temple Beth-El St. Petersburg

Seniors Shabbat: The SAGE (Seniors for Arts Growth and Education) group will conduct a Shabbat Service that will include unique stories and readings of wisdom and wit on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Scott Barancik, Cantor Pamela Siskin and S.A.G.E. members.

Judaism journey: Rabbi Michael Torop leads a course called “The Journey In: Head, Heart & Hand” that meets on Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24 at 6 p.m. The classes will sample Jewish life, practices and ideas. Participants will explore the many different ways that they can engage with Judaism with the intellect, emotions, and the practices of Jewish deeds. Before each class, Rabbi Torop will hold an open conversation for those who might be contemplating conversion to become part of the Jewish people.

Boomers at the bar: Come grab a drink and some food and join your fellow baby boomers for an intimate discussion on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at MEZE 119, 119 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. This month’s topic is Rules for Living as a Jewish Empty Nester.

MLK Day parade: Temple members will continue their tradition of supporting Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of justice and equality for all by marching in the St. Petersburg’s MLK Day, on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. Call the temple for information on where to gather to march in the parade.

Chabad of St. Petersburg

Lunch and Learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and lunch at a Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday Jan. 8 at noon at the Chabad center. This is a free event. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. To RSVP, email Chaya@ or call (727) 344-4900.

The Inside Story: Take in a weekly Torah class with Rabbi Alter Korf on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. The group will read the Torah portion every week and every year they begin the cycle again. RSVP to

Women’s Book Club: On Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 22 from 11 a.m. to noon, the book group discusses different chapters and topics from Towards a Meaningful Life By Simon Jacobson. Each class is independent so women can drop in anytime. Coffee, fruit and homemade pastries will be served. RSVPs not necessary but appreciated. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to

Temple B’nai Israel Clearwater

Senior health: A senior empowerment workshop titled “The Business of Aging in America” will be held on Thursday Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics include Medicare, Medicaid, primary doctors and elder law attorneys. Registration is required.

Call (727) 531-5829 or email

Tot Shabbat: A special service for the pre-school crowd will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Games night: The Brotherhood will hold games night – an evening playing cards with the guys – on Monday Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the temple lounge.

Shabbat Shira: A service full of music and song will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

Nosh and Drosh: On Wednesday, Jan. 9 from noon to 2 p.m., Cal Simon will lead a discussion on a variety of Jewish topics, including family, life cycle, modern Israel, current events and Torah. The class is open to all and there is no charge. Bring your own nosh. Coffee will be provided.

Beginner Hebrew class: Participants in Beginning Hebrew classes are being sought. The fee is $20 (cost of the book) for temple members and $50 for non-members.

Contact the Temple for more information. (727) 531-5829

Adult play time: Join seniors to play mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes or bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served.

For more information, contact Linda White at or (727) 688-0626. Cong. Beth Shalom Clearwater

Yiddish for Beginners: Learn the basics of Yiddish grammar, reading and writing in a new course taught by Henri Stein, on Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25 from 1-2 p.m. The class will use the book, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, by Sheva Zucker, which can be purchased online. Note: This is a beginner’s course in Yiddish but it will be helpful (but not required) for the students to be familiar with the Hebrew alphabet.

Call the synagogue office to RSVP at (727) 531-1418.

Art exhibit tour: An afternoon outing to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is planned on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. to take in “Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks “by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection.” Participants should meet up inside the museum doors. The cost is $20 for general admission or $15 for seniors, There is no charge for members of the Holocaust Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts. RSVP to:

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Seniors at leisure: On the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. seniors can spend an afternoon of camaraderie as they discover the role Judaism played in the journeys they took in their lives and careers. Participants will play “What’s My Line?” as they learn more about their fellow congregants. The program also will include mah jongg, bridge or card games, sharing of hobbies and occasional guest speakers. Refreshments will be served.

Prayer in motion: Join Rabbi Danielle Upbin on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for a Prayer in Motion session. This is a combination of study, discussion and personalization of the morning service, along with guided gentle movement to awaken the body and stir the soul. Come as you are and afterwards if you’d like, stay for a kiddush luncheon.

Jewish Spirituality Workshop: A class for women, led by Rabbi Danielle Upbin, will explore personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. The class will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 12:30- 2 p.m.. RSVP to the CBS office at (727) 531-1418.

Shabbat unplugged: Take in a relaxing, acoustical evening on Friday Jan. 18 with a community gathering at 6 p.m. and Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m.

Sisterhood Shabbat: The Sisterhood will participate in creating a special Shabbat service on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. Stay afterwards for a kiddush luncheon.

Talmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 - 11:15 a.m. and the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m.

Lox & Learn: Explore the treasures of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi David Weizman, every Thursday. Come for breakfast at 9:45 a.m., minyan at 10 a.m., then discussion with the rabbi.

Explore the psalms: There are 150 psalms combining the “Life, People and Land of Israel” with human emotions. Classes led by Johanna Bromberg will be held on Wednesdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at the synagogue library will explore the psalms in detail. Students will be encouraged to select a personal favorite and discuss their understanding of its meaning.

Women’s study group: The Rosh Chodesh women’s study group will meet on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.. For more information and the location of the meeting, contact Ann de Marlor at

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