SYLVIA BARON, 93, of St. Petersburg, died June 14. Born in New York, NY she was a bookkeeper in electronics. Survivors include her son and daughter in-law, Alex and Barbara; sister, Rosalind Zielinski; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memorials may be made to Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) ROSE “ROSIE JEAN” FRIELICH, […]

Religious Directory

PINELLAS COUNTY Reform Temple AHAVAT SHALOM – 1575 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor, 34683 • Rabbi Gary Klein • Cantor Deborah Jacobson • Shabbat Services: Friday 7:30 p.m. • Call for Saturday service time • Telephone: 785- 8811 • Website: www. ahavatshalom.org • Affiliated with Union for Reform Judaism Temple BETH-EL – 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg 33707 • Rabbi […]

The delicate balance of nature

Ecological disasters always give us pause to consider the delicate balance of the natural world. We confront this every year during hurricane season. But how does our theology help us understand disasters brought about by the hand of human error? In Judaism, we believe that humans are called upon to “til and to tend” our Garden of Eden – our […]

Wartime remembrances revisited

The Young Adult Division (YAD) of Tampa Jewish Federation held its monthly Chai Impact philanthropic event at Weinberg Village assisted senior living facility on June 6. The program drew more than 50 people, including Weinberg residents, members of the JetSetters, Jewish War Veterans from both Hillsborough and Pinellas County, family members and friends. Commemorating the 66th anniversary of D-Day, Jewish […]

JNF Lawyers for Israel names Mary Ellen Hogan as new chair

Mary Ellen Hogan, a Tampa attorney, has been named the new chair of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Lawyers for Israel Society. “I am very excited and honored to be chairing the Lawyers for Israel Society in the Tampa Bay area,” said Hogan. “There is tremendous support in the Tampa legal community for JNF and Israel. I’m confident that we can […]

No decision yet on new school

At press time, parents planning a new Tampa Bay Jewish Academy had not yet rescheduled a community rally regarding the new school. Spokeswoman Elisabeth Dasilva said the organizing committee wants to finalize a location and other details first. Several synagogues have offered their facilities for the school. The emphasis now is getting a K-5th Grade school up and running for […]

Flotilla fallout becomes rallying cry for U.S. Jews, as Israel calls for PR help

Pro-Palestinian activists protest outside Jewish/Israeli institutions

The last time American Jews took to the streets in significant numbers to make the case for Israel’s right to defend itself, during Israel’s war with Hamas in early 2009, rockets were raining down on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. This time it’s a public relations war rather than a military one that has sent American Jews into the […]

Area man’s website tracks Jews in major league baseball

Think “Jewish major-league baseball players.” OK, now that you’ve come up with Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, think about, say, a dozen Jewish major leaguers playing right now. There’s Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Gabe Kapler of our Rays, and … um … Ryan Braun of the Brewers and … and … is John Grabow of the Cubs […]

Pinellas teen wins Tampa JFS scholarship

Safety Harbor 17-year-old Jeremy Wernick, was named the winner of an $1,800 scholarship from Tampa Jewish Family Services at its second annual Trifecta event in May. Jeremy, son of Tiffani and Jeff Wernick, is a student at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. He competed with seven other service-oriented teenagers for […]

Interfaith healing service for Gulf set for June 24

n See related Rabbinically Speaking, Page 6 A special, county-wide interfaith healing service for the oil-slick Gulf of Mexico is set for Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. The community is invited to the event, supported by a wide range of local clergy who will participate with prayer and song, giving a spiritual voice […]