Virtual program airs May 7 on hero who saved 200 Jewish prisoners

  Learn about the only American soldier ever recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, when the Florida Holocaust Museum presents a virtual program, “Victory Day: Featuring Stanlee Stahl and Pastor Chris Edmonds” on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. This free program will be streamed as an interactive webinar. To attend, register online at https://bit.ly/2xjxlkh before the program begins. Museum […]

Workshop set on finding job in this new environment

A free interactive workshop on how to job search during the coronavirus pandemic will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Wednesday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to noon. This Tampa Bay Job-Links workshop will be presented by career strategist Bob Barry. Due to COVID-19, there is more competition for fewer jobs and this can bring about uncertainty over the best […]

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Menorah Manor remains calm in center of COVID-19 storm

Anita Sher, 93, is unaware of the coronavirus pandemic that has turned the world upside down. “Sometimes when you do not have the capability to worry, you are a happy person,” Craig Sher said of his mom. Since last June, Anita has been a resident of Menorah Manor, a Jewish community sponsored facility in St. Petersburg that offers care for […]

Making bris-tory

The bad news, Rabbi Jacob Luski said, was that “we couldn’t hold the baby, couldn’t hug the baby, couldn’t kiss the baby to celebrate the moment.” The good news, he said, was that “we probably had more mishpocha join us that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend.” So it went on Saturday, April 18, with Rabbi Luski conducting his […]

Reform, Conservative, Orthodox rabbis lay out positions on in-person services

    While virtually all Reform and Conservative congregations won’t resume in-person worship services through the summer, the picture is different for Chabad centers in the area. Rabbis affiliated with Chabad Lubavitch of Tampa Bay (which is part of Florida Chabad Rabbis), announced their centers also will remain closed – for now.  While offering no definitive date, the Chabads plan […]

Main takeaways from Gantz-Netanyahu deal

Israel finally has a government. On Monday, April 20, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and chief rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement to form a coalition government together. The deal ends more than a year of deadlocked elections and political stalemate. Since March 2019, Israelis have gone to the polls three times and, on each occasion, essentially delivered a tie between […]

CHATS program fills need for human contact

Sometimes it is just nice to have someone to chat with, someone who cares what you have to say. One of those who cares is Jill, a former high school counselor who says, “Everybody has a story and it is worth listening to.” Jill is a volunteer for CHATS, (Companionship, Help & Access by Telephone for Seniors), a program set […]

Just a nosh..

Anti-Semitic hate speech has risen sharply since coronavirus pandemic Anti-Semitic hate speech has risen dramatically since the start of the coronavirus crisis and must be rejected, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief said. “I am extremely concerned to see that certain religious leaders and politicians continue to exploit the challenging times during this pandemic to […]

Our building remains closed, but we continue to celebrate our Jewish community

Obviously it is not business as usual these days. The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is committed to your health and well-being and that of the entire community. We, like others, have cancelled or postponed all of our public events. Our office will be closed to the public for the time being. Staff is practicing safe social distancing. Our […]