Gulf Coast seeks donations for annual Hanukkah gift bazaar

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is asking for the community’s help in stocking its annual Hanukkah Gift Bazaar with an assortment of gift items for all ages, from infants to seniors. The Hanukkah Gift Bazaar provides clients with gifts and everyday household items that they may not be able to purchase. Clients can select gifts for their families […]

Ashkenazi Jews offered no cost genetic testing

The National Gaucher Foundation (NGF) is partnering with JScreen to offer genetic testing at no out-of-pocket cost for a limited time. Through the end of 2016, the NGF will cover the expenses that are typically passed on to JScreen participants after insurance. This campaign, cleverly titled, “Spit Happens,” encourages Jews of Eastern European descent, or Ashkenazi Jews, to sign up […]

Trump has variety of options on Iran deal

WASHINGTON – Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the United States, the agreement rolled back […]

Israelis still lining up to visit Trump’s America

TEL AVIV – Donald Trump’s surprising win may have spurred increased chatter among some Americans – Jews among them – about moving to Canada. But for Israelis, at least, the U.S. hasn’t lost its luster. Citizens of the Jewish state are as eager as ever to visit, and Trump’s election apparently hasn’t altered any of their travel plans. On Monday […]


Marjorie Greene and Dr. Myron Graff were married Oct. 19. Rabbi Gary Klein officiated at the ceremony. The bride, daughter of Charlotte Lewis of Seminole and the late Sheldon Lewis, is a professor of Fine Arts at St. Petersburg College. The bridegroom, son of the late Hazel and David Graff, is a dentist in private practice at Smiles by Graff […]

Holocaust survivors to be treated to lunch, music

A Hanukkah luncheon for Holocaust survivors in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties will he hosted by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. There will be a catered hot meal plus the festivities will include entertainment by Mitch Lowenstein and the Transitions Jazz Band. […]

Museum drawing offers getaway, sports tickets or diamond jewelry

Folks can win a seven-night stay in a luxury inn on Cape Cod, a sports package featuring tickets to Tampa Bay Rays, Bucs and Lightning games, luxury jewelry and more as part of a “Chance Opportunity Drawing” fundraiser for the Florida Holocaust Museum. There are only 250 tickets available per package, each with an estimated value of $5,000. The suggested […]

Religious Directory

PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM — 1575 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor, 34683 • RabbiGary Klein • Services: Friday: 7:30 p.m., Saturday: traditional servicethird week of the month. 9 a.m., call for other service times • Telephone:(727) 785-8811 • Website: www.ahavatshalom.org • Affiliated with Unionfor Reform JudaismTemple BETH CHAI DAVID — 39330 U.S. 19 N., Bradley Plaza, TarponSprings• Mailing Address: P.O. Box […]

American diplomat to speak at Florida Holocaust Museum on global anti-Semitism

The Florida Holocaust Museum will present a lecture by the U.S. diplomat charged with fighting global anti-Semitism on Tuesday evening, Dec. 13. The talk by Ira N. Forman will be held in conjunction with the museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) programming. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg. This program […]

South Tampa Winn Dixie renovation project includes fresh glatt kosher meats, smoothies

Sure, summer has finally turned into fall, but when you live in Florida, it’s smoothie weather most anytime – and now you can get a kosher one at the Winn Dixie in south Tampa. If you think that is cool, consider this: Winn Dixie has 750 stores and only one of them, the store at 2100 W. Swann Ave., has […]