Cultbuster rabbi to share hair-raising experiences in visit to Clearwater

Cult expert Rabbi Shea Hecht of Brooklyn will be the guest speaker at the Chabad of Clearwater’s first Friday night dinner and program on Feb. 7, beginning at 5:45pm The author of Confessions of a Jewish Cultbuster, Rabbi Hecht will answer such questions as: What is a cult? What kinds of people are involved in cults? What happens to people […]

At 91, Harvey Pollack remains NBA’s leading scorer

PHILADELPHIA — Fittingly, Harvey Pollack was the one who scribbled the number 100 on the most famous photograph in basketball history: Wilt Chamberlain holding the piece of paper signifying his astounding point total in a 1962 game for the then Philadelphia Warriors. After all, Pollack is basketball’s ultimate numbers and public relations man. But the scrawling is hardly Pollack’s sole […]

Norm Gross to be remembered at PRIMER brunch

The late Norman Gross, Ph.D. will be honored and memorialized at the fifth annual PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting) Advocacy Award brunch. The Greater Tampa Bay B’nai B’rith unit 2603, in conjunc- tion with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, will host the event on Sunday, Feb. 16 […]

Thanks to scholarship, USF Hillel leader studied in Israel

Brandon Schuster is back on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa following a semester in Israel as the first recipient of the USF Presidential Passport Scholarship. The $5,000 grant – made possible through a $1.75 million endowment for study abroad started by USF President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steve Greenbaum – allowed Schuster to study at the […]

Beth Shalom seder celebrates Tu B’Shevat

More than 75 people of all ages participated in a Tu B’Shevat seder at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater on Jan. 15. Using the Jewish National Fund’s Tu B’Shevat haggadah, “Branching Out,” seder leaders Naomi and Mayer Rubenstein, Peggy Gerson, Rabbi David Weizman, Dr. Shmuel Litov and Tami Wolf – accompanied by musician Blake Lennet ­­­­– led the group in […]

Rabbi in action

New group forms for those 40-something to 60-ish

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties invites all adults who are “40-something to 60- ish” to join the new L’Chaim Connection. The group will provide networking opportunities and social outings to help participants get connected with the Jewish community. The group held a planning meeting earlier this month. The next community-wide L’Chaim Connection event will be DocRock Night […]

Temple Beth David Spring Hill

Talmud class: Rabbi Lenny Sarko leads a Talmud class at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Religious Directory

PINELLAS COUNTYReform Temple AHAVAT SHALOM — 1575 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor, 34683 • RabbiGary Klein • Cantor Deborah Jacobson • Services: Friday: 7:30 p.m.,Saturday: traditional service third week of the month. 9:a.m., call for otherservice times • Telephone: 785-8811 • Website: www.ahavatshalom.org• Affiliated with Union for Reform JudaismTemple BETH CHAI DAVID — P.O. Box 535, New Port Richey, 34653 •Rabbi […]

Parker Ryan Nessel

Parker Ryan Nessel, son of Lorey and Marc Nessel of Palm Harbor will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Parker is a seventh grade honor roll student at Palm Harbor Middle School. Active in basketball, Parker plays for the school team and for Safety Harbor Rec. […]