Gift & Craft Show celebrates Sweet 16 with new stars, old favorites

The 16th annual Gift & Craft Show on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg will feature vendors from Missouri to Maryland and Miami to New York and will offer unique gifts for men, women, children and pets. This event draws more than 2,000 people and boasts a collection of notable artisans. There will be a Preview […]

Yiddish singer Aelita to perform Dec. 1 St. Pete Beach venue

Hailed as the “Queen of Cabaret,” singer Aelita will perform at St. Petersburg Nights Russian Restaurant and Dinner Theater, founded by local Russian Jewish refuseniks, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Born and raised in Latvia, Aelita is now a resident of Hollywood, FL. She was awarded the title of Best Vocalist of 2002 at the Big Band Showdown […]

Jewish Celebrity Roundup

Liev Schreiber protects Brooklyn At the Brooklyn set of the upcoming John Turturro film Fading Gigolo, actor Liev Schreiber (Scream, XMen Origins: Wolverine) and singer-actress Vanessa Paradis were dressed as Chasidim from Brooklyn. Schreiber wore the uniform of the Chasidic patrol squad known as Shomrim, while Paradis had on a sheitel (wig) and dress. The world of haredi Orthodox Judaism […]

Kosher wines are sure to please mom and dad

This year, one trip to the nearest kosher wine department or shopping online can solve your Chanukah gift needs for the over 21-year-olds in your family. For Mom: Websites such as momswhoneedwine.com have brought attention to women enjoying a glass of wine at the end of a busy day. A recent poll published in the New York Times stated that […]

Keep historical themes in mind for holiday gifts

The story of Chanukah was about bravery, determination, and finding light in the darkest of times. These days, we certainly remember and celebrate the centuries old victory of the Jewish Maccabees, but with a modern and material spin — plenty of gifts. And oh boy, do we Americans like gifts. But gifts can have a spiritual component as well. This […]

New children’s books: high seas adventures, food and fun

Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Jamet Akib Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover; $7.95 paperback; $13.95 ebook); ages 5-9. From the opening pages, young readers will know they’re in for something out of the ordinary. Set in the 18th century whaling port of New Bedford, MA, the fictionalized historical tale tells the story of a spirited 9-year-old Jewish […]

Temple Beth David Spring Hill

And they’re off – but not till January: A “Night at the Races” at the temple was originally scheduled for December, but the date has changed to Saturday, Jan. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first race is at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes, food for purchase, and complimentary desserts. Cost is $5 and members are invited […]

Cong. Beth Tefillah/ JCC of West Pasco

Bingo: Doors open at 8 a.m. every Thursday for bingo games at the JCC, with doughnuts and coffee served and the first game beginning at 10 a.m. Other food is available for purchase.

Chabad of West Pasco Trinity

Torah studies: Join Rabbi Yossi Eber at Chabad of West Pasco for a weekly “Journey into the Soul of the Torah” each Monday from 7-8 p.m. through Dec. 24. The Jewish Learning Institute adult education course will explore Judaism’s relevance in modern life and is designed for people of all levels of Jewish knowledge. Interested students are welcome to attend […]

Kosher Lunch Menus

The kosher lunch program at Philip Benjamin Tower, 250 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, is sponsored by Neighborly Care Network. Luches are served Monday – Friday at noon. Reservations are required three days in advance by calling Ann Baber, NCN Coordinator at 344- 2495, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. A donation is recommended. Menu is subject to change. Week of Nov. 26 […]