2021-08-20 E-Edition

Shana Tova

Reverse Tashlich: Local waterway cleanup program goes global

Reverse Tashlich has gone international, catching on around the globe in just four short years since Jews in the Tampa Bay area began what is now an annual community tradition. For the uninitiated, here is the concept behind the Reverse Tashlich: On Rosh Hashanah, it is customary for Jews to go to a body of water and symbolically cast away […]

World-class pianist plays, lives at Manor

Tucked in a corner of the lobby at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence of Menorah Manor is a baby grand piano. It is Judith Alstadter’s stage, so to speak. Almost daily, she practices some Bach or Brahms or (her favorite) Gabriel Faure – or maybe some Scott Joplin or Rodgers and Hammerstein. Sometimes she has an audience of a […]

‘Chat’ with survivors for years to come

Imagine if you could time travel to the past and have a conversation with George Washington, or Michelangelo, or Socrates? Now reverse that and imagine if someone far into the future could chat with a Holocaust survivor? That is what the Florida Holocaust Museum and the USC Shoah Foundation have teamed up to do, and though the experience future folks […]

The privilege and the journey

I had the privilege of attending a bar mitzvah a few Saturdays ago. It was a privilege on many levels. A privilege to be able to attend an in-person Shabbat service at one of the temples in our community after many, many months of viewing and participating in services on-line. A privilege to socialize with community members after what seems […]

Delta variant forces postponement of luncheon

A Women’s Philanthropy luncheon planned for Thursday, Sept. 9 by the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast has been indefinitely postponed due to the spread of the delta variant of the COVID 19 virus. The postponement was announced by Maxine Kaufman, executive director of the Federation, who said conditions have just become too dangerous for a live meeting at this […]

PJ Library offers free downloadable fall holidays guide

If you have young children and want to make the fall Jewish holidays special for them, a newly expanded guide from PJ Library is now available to download free. The guide answers questions such as why we blow the shofar, what should we do in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and when do we sit in the sukkah? That […]

Torah on Tap draws crowd to cantina

The Tribe of Florida’s Gulf Coast had a great turnout for the August event, “Torah on Tap with Rabbi Dani.” The young adult group discussed Jewish themes for Elul and the new year. Everyone enjoyed a visit to Sea Dog Cantina in Clearwater, where the group was given an outdoor, dog friendly, private patio.

Rabbinically Speaking

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Jewish Press gave community rabbis the opportunity to submit their holiday messages. These are the submissions received as of press time: High Holidays 5782 Recognize the wonder Many years ago, Joshua Bell put on some casual clothes, placed a baseball cap on his head, and busked for nearly a day at a Metro station in Washington, D.C. […]