Man threatens Miami synagogue members while trying to convert them

(JTA) — Miami police arrested a man twice who stood outside a Miami Beach synagogue and allegedly threatened the congregants. Diego Chaar, who said he visited the Ohev Shalom Synagogue to convert its members, was arrested Sunday, March 8, and faces charges of assault and stalking. He was released but was rearrested on Tuesday, March 10, after returning to the […]

USF to host ‘The American Jewish Story through Cinema’ lecture

A free community lecture on how American Jews have been portrayed in film will be held at the University of South Florida Tampa campus on Thursday, March 26. Eric A. Goldman, an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and film reviewer for The Jewish Standard in New Jersey, will present the lecture, “The American Jewish Story through Cinema.” The […]

A shadow is cast over Purim activities at Hillel Academy

Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Adar which usually falls in March. The 13th day of Adar is the day that Haman was to exterminate the Jewish people and the day that the Jews fought for their lives. On the 14th they celebrated their survival and today Purim is celebrated to commemorate their success. At […]

Graduation ceremony held for of 20 young Jewish leaders

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) culminated its latest session of classes with a graduation dinner and ceremony for 20 young emerging leaders from the Tampa Bay area, held at Castillo Towers of the West Shore Yacht Club. The participants met for a nineweek program focusing on an innovative leadership and development experience. JLTI is offered […]

Documentary probes real story of Masada that inspired CBS ‘Dovekeepers’ series

The legend of Masada is the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of more than 900 Jewish rebels who held a nearly impregnable fort against the might of the Roman Empire. Though outnumbered 10-to-1, they held out for months against a vast Roman army. Embedded in the founding narrative of the state of Israel, this epic story has offered […]


Temple Beth David Spring Hill

Broadway and more: On Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m., John Timpanelli will present a concert titled “From Broadway to Buble and Beyond” at the temple. Cost is $13 in advance and $15 at the door. The show will include dessert and coffee, with other refreshments for sale. Call the temple for more information. And they’re off: Temple Beth Davis’s […]

Chabad Center of West Pasco

Teachings of the sages: A new class, “Beyond the Letter of the Law,” is being offered on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at Chabad of West Pasco. The ancient writing of Pirkei Avot is the Talmud’s handbook of advice and guidance. Its lessons have been the foundation of Jewish character, personality, morality and ethics. This interactive study group will be led […]

Cong. Beth Tefillah/ JCC of West Pasco

Bingo: Bingo games are played at the JCC every Thursday, with doors opening at 8 a.m. and games starting at 10 a.m. Volunteers to assist at the games are needed. Adult education: Rabbi Al Goldberg leads an adult education class every Monday at 11 a.m. at the JCC. Call the office at (727) 847-3814 for more details.

On foreign policy, Jeb Bush steers his way between courses chosen by brother and father

WASHINGTON — As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother – or his father – his choice in advisers has only made things murkier. Of 21 advisers to the former Florida governor and putative presidential candidate had named as of the end of February, just two […]