Comedian to perform at Israeli fundraiser

Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt will entertain at an event geared for young Jewish adults on Saturday, May 14 at 9 p.m. at freeFall Theater in St, Petersburg. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is partnering with Israel Bonds to bring Lovitt, a comic known for his unique perspective on Israel, as a way of opening a window into […]

Knesset member Merav Michaeli wants Israel to stop playing the victim card

WASHINGTON – When a pro- Israel U.S. lawmaker greeted a member of Israel’s Knesset here last week, the former may not have anticipated the candor of the latter. “Give me good news,” Rep. Ted Deutch, D-FL, told Merav Michaeli on April 13, a typical request when the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East subcommittee meets Israelis. […]

Gulf Coast JFCS seeks help in keeping survivors at home

Remarkably, 7-year-old Vera survived the Nazi’s incessant bombing of her hometown of Rostov-Don, Russia. Even more miraculous is she remained alive while fleeing by train to Siberia and withstood deplorable conditions living there over the next four years. Today, Vera resides alone in her modest Tampa apartment where she fully relies on her caregiver’s visits three times a week. “It’s […]


Hadassah Lunch bunch: The “Out-To-Lunch Bunch” of North Pinellas Hadassah will meet at the Asian Pearl, 2551 Drew St., Clearwater, on Monday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. Call Ann Kessler at (727) 789-6480 for further details. ‘Little White Lie’: The PBS documentary, Little White Lie,  by Lacey Schwartz, will presented at the next meeting of the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah. […]

Aother view of AIPAC Policy Conference

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: In response to the article which appeared in the March 25 Jewish Press entitled “AIPAC’s plan to ‘come together’ undone by Trump” let us tell you about what really took place in Washington D.C. March 20-22. The AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy conference is a 3-day event, covering 30 hours of pro U.S.-Israel talks, including live […]

JWI to comfort women in domestic violence shelters on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, Jewish Women International (JWI) will send bouquets of flowers and financial literacy resources to 45,000 women and children spending Mother’s Day in more than 200 battered women’s shelters nationwide, including three in the Tampa Bay area. For the women living in the shelters, urgent concerns like housing, safety and employment make Mother’s Day just […]

Shabbat & Passover Candle Lighting Times

Rachel Rose Katz

Rachel Rose Katz, daughter of David and Angela Katz of Palm Harbor, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 7 at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. A seventh grade Principal’s List student at Palm Harbor Middle School, Rachel is in the Gifted Program and was invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification […]

Religious Directory

PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple 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 — 39330 U.S. 19 N., Bradley Plaza, TarponSprings• Mailing […]

Netanyahu declares Golan forever; U.S., Germany disagree

(JTA) – A day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that “The Golan Heights will forever remain in Israel’s hands,” the United States and Germany both criticized that stance. At an unprecedented weekly Cabinet meeting on April 17 held in Katzrin – a Golan city 120 miles north of Jerusalem and about 60 miles from Damascus, Syria – Netanyahu […]