Congregations

DECEMBER 1 - 12, 2013
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5 children get Hebrew names during ceremony
Congregation B’nai
they will make for
Emmunah held a unique
themselves. He also
ceremony Nov. 8 during
quoted from Pirkei
Avot (Ethics of the FaShabbat eve services when
five students were given a
thers) “Rabbi Simon
Hebrew name – chosen by
used to say: ‘There
them with help from their
are three crowns; the
parents and teachers.
crown of Torah, the
crown of Priesthood,
Traditionally, a Hebrew
name is given to a child
and the crown of
when they are infants.
Sovereignty. But the
Boys are named during
crown of a good name
excels them all.’”
their B’rit Milah (Bris) and
girls are given a name in
As their teachers,
Esther Shear Peretz
a ceremony called a Brit
Bat. Due to various cirand Susan Greear,
cumstances, these children
placed a tallit around
them, Cantor Reaboi
were never given names at (L-R) Susan Greear, Hanna McCartney, Isabel Easely (bottom)
the time of their birth, but it Dylan Swartz, Cantor Reaboi, Jacinda Swartz, Sarah McCartney said the traditional
blessings while the
is never too late to receive and Esther Peretz.
a name and officially enter
congregation looked
that everyone is given three names;
the covenant.
the name that they are officially on. They each received a naming
During the ceremony, Cantor Col- given, the name that their friends certificate, a Shehechyanu, and
man Reaboi recalled the Midrash will call them, and the name that piece of chocolate.
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Needle time: The Mitzvah
Knitters and Crocheters Gathering
takes place on Thursdays from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested
in working with the group at the
temple or from home is welcome.
The group makes hats for newborns
and hats and afghans for adults and
children receiving chemotherapy.
Contact Eileen Gomory for information at Curle1218@aol.com or
just stop by and join them.
Young Israel/
Chabad of Pinellas
Palm Harbor
Torah studies: Discussions
offering weekly insights into the
parsha are held on Tuesday nights
at 7:30 at the shul.
Studying Samuel: Explore
the life and times of the Prophet
Samuel in a class, “Greater Than
Moses,” on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
There is no charge to attend. Each
session of this continuing class is
self-contained, so participants can
drop in for any of them.
Talmud legends: Spend an
hour exploring the moral and mystical stories of the Talmud every
Sunday from 9-10 a.m. Classes are
free and books are supplied. For
more information, call the shul.
Cong. B’nai Emmunah
Tarpon Springs
Judaism 101: A basic Judaism class will be held at the temple
on the fourth Tuesday of each month
at 7 p.m. For details, contact the
temple.
Learn Hebrew: The congregation is offering a Hebrew reading class for adults beginning this
summer camps, March of The Living, Israel adventures.
The application period is open now and runs until
Jan. 17. Notifications will be sent in early February.
For more information visit the Federation website
at www.jewishpinellas.org or call (727) 530-3223.
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month on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
The class is free for members and
$50 for nonmembers, including $25
material fees. Call the synagogue at
(727) 938-9000 to register.
Qi Gong class: This class has
expanded and will now be taught on
Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesday
mornings at 9 at the temple. Cost
is $10 for members and $15 for
nonmembers.
Lunch ‘n learn: Cantor Colman Reaboi leads a program about
Judaism on the second Tuesday of
each month at noon. Bring a lunch
and drinks will be provided. This is
open to the community. For more
information, call the congregation
or email cbe613@verizon.net.
Cong. Beth Tfillah/
JCC of West Pasco
Dine Out Club: This group
will go out to eat on Wednesday,
Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Thai
Bistro, 5414 Main St., New Port
Richey. Call Carl Bakelman for
reservations and directions at (727)
267-9062.
Chabad of West Pasco
Trinity
Torah studies: A series of
classes exploring contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as
well as tackling timeless questions
in the Jewish tradition will he held
on Mondays through Dec. 16 at 7
p.m. Developed by the Rohr Jewish
Learning Institute, this is a series of
text and discussion-based classes.
These classes are open to all. Cost
is $60 for the entire series of classes
or $7 per class. Each class is selfcontained so students can drop in
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Temple Beth David
Spring Hill
Hospital helpers: Once again
Temple Beth David will supply
replacement volunteers at Spring
Hill Regional Hospital on Dec. 24
from 4-8 p.m. and on Dec. 25 for
shifts from 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4
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Talmud class: Rabbi Lenny
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