Summer camp memories

Community flocks to Tampa synagogue’s fund-raising project

Flocks of flamingos are roosting on lawns in Tampa, but instead of having the pink-feathered kind, they are the plastic lawn ornament kind that many Floridians love to hate. And the plan is for them to keep cropping up until Congregation Kol Ami raises $10,000. Kol Ami’s Fundraising Chair Samantha Wallace said the congregation got the idea from United Synagogue […]

Jewish women race for breast cancer cure

Team Sharsheret Suncoast, a group of Jewish women helping to fight breast cancer, by participating in the annual Race for the Cure, is seeking participants for this year’s event. Team Sharsheret Suncoast, now in its third year, is currenty training for the 11th Annual Florida Suncoast affiliate’s 5K Race for the Cure. As in previous years, the race will be […]

Sincerely Yours

Summer travels… Dr. Morris and Marilyn LeVine continued their tradition of taking two of their 17 grandchildren on a summer trip each year. This summer, the lucky kids were Rachel, 10-year-old daughter of Dr. David and Janice LeVine, and Danielle, 9, daughter of Dr. Steven and Susan LeVine. This year’s trip took the LeVines on a tour of Chicago, Springfield, […]

Hebrew Academy of Tampa looking for votes in online contest

The primary election is over, but the Hebrew Academy of Tampa is seeking voters from the community in a nationwide competition that could bring the school $500,000. The Kohl’s department store chain is giving away $10 million to schools as part of its 10th anniversary celebration of its charity, Kohl’s Cares. Each of the top 20 vote-getting schools will get […]

Shofar factory at Chabad of Pinellas County

In preparation for Rosh HaShana 5771, young and old took part in a “shofar factory” demonstration at Chabad of Pinellas County in Palm Harbor on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The demonstration was led by Rabbi Shalom Adler, Director of Chabad of Pinellas County and Rabbi Levi Hodakov, Youth & Program Director. In addition to the hands on activity that included sanding […]

Local teachers join new group re-imagining Jewish education

Some 350 Jewish educators from around the U.S., as well as from Canada, England, and Israel including four from Pinellas County, gathered for the founding conference of NewCAJE (New Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education) in Waltham, MA, earlier this month. The local Jewish educators were Bonnie Peskin Halprin, director of Pauline Rivkind Preschool at Congegation B’nai Israel, St. Petersburg; […]


Hadassah Storm preparation: Learn about hurricane preparedness from Tom Iovino of the Pinellas County Hurricane Preparedness Center during the first meeting of the new year for the Yachad Chapter of Hadassah on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the home of Selma Kron. For more information, call Kron at 593-1339. Future plans: The Clearwater Chapter of Hadassah will have […]

High Holiday messages

Rabbinically Speaking

Editor’s Note: The Pinellas Board of Rabbis invited its members to offer a short message for the Holidays. The following are from those rabbis who responded by presstime. Our liturgy for the High Holy Days contains many aweinspiring prayers, which reflect our yearnings. The Sh’ma Koleinu is a prominent prayer during these Days of Awe. We plead to God to […]

Relief funds sought for Pakistani flood victims

NEW YORK — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, is collecting funds to aid victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan. JDC has previously provided relief to the Pakistani people in the wake of the disastrous 2005 and 2008 earthquakes. “By harnessing our vast experience in international disaster relief and tapping our […]