Latke Hop launches the second part of the arts and culture festival


Claude Reidel, accomplished Ner Tamid craftsman, will discuss his craft and the book he wrote on the subject.

The second edition of the Jewish Arts & Culture Mini-Fest will run from December 14-18 and delve into Hanukkah-inspired movies, books, music, comedy, TV and food.

The JCC and the Tampa Federation are hosting the mini-fest with the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival portion, a joint effort with the Florida Gulf Coast Jewish Federation.

The December mini-fest will open with the first community-wide Family Latke Hop on Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.

Synagogues and community organizations in the area will host stations for games, crafts, sufganiyot (doughnuts) and of course, various types of latkes. The evening will be filled with dancing and music from Doc Rock – local musicians playing classic rock ‘n roll with a family orientation.

The cost is $10 per adult and free for children.

To purchase individual discounted packages or All-Access Passes for December’s Arts and Culture Mini-Fest, or for more information, visit

Jennifer Coburn will discuss her book over lunch.  December 16.

Jennifer Coburn will discuss her book over lunch. December 16.

Here is an overview by genre:


Author Jennifer Coburn, Cradles of the Reich

Friday, December 16, 12-1:30 p.m., Brio Italian Grille – International Plaza, Tampa

Based on true untold historical events, this novel takes us intimately inside the Lebensborn Society maternities that existed in several countries during World War II, where thousands of “racially fit” babies were raised and taken from their mothers to be brought up as part of the new Germany. Coburn says the Nazis not only had a plan to exterminate the Jews, they also had “a secret breeding program to create two million children to populate the expanding Reich.”

Cost: $36. One must reserve. Lunch options are: Salmon Salad, Ravioli de Bello, Pesto Primavera

Author Daniel Wine, Violins and Hope; Of Holocaust at Symphony Hall accompanied by Patel conservatory String of characters Together

Sunday, December 18, 10:30 a.m., Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa

Documentary filmmaker and fine art photographer, Daniel Levin, visited the studio of Israeli master luthier (violin maker) Amnon Weinstein, to explore the man’s life mission. Trained by three of the most revered Italian violin makers of the 20th century, Weinstein’s vision was to restore delicate violins that miraculously survived concentration camps and ghettos, even when their owners often did not. To date, over 70 violins have been restored to their highest state of playability.

The Patel Conservatory String Ensemble will perform as part of this dramatic presentation.

Cost: $18 includes author’s presentation, bagel brunch and musical entertainment


The New Jewish, with Direct in-the person actor and actor Gouri Alfi and Moshe Samuels.

Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m. at the JCC grounds on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa.

“The New Jew” is a documentary series about American Jewry, created by Israeli-American comedian Alfi and Samuels, the founder of an organization called The Wandering Jew.

Two episodes of “The New Jew” will air on the big outdoor screen. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lounge chairs, and blankets.

The film presents true stories of American Jews who dismantle old stereotypes of Diaspora Jewry. “In the summer of 2018, Alfi and his family moved to the United States. Like many Israelis abroad, he found himself in the throes of an identity crisis, wondering what his Jewishness was like. outside of the Jewish state,” explains, adding “The series follows Alfi as he embarks on a journey across North America, exposing viewers to some of the most vibrant and creative expressions of Jewishness today through the eyes of our protagonist.

Alfi and Solomon will be there to share a conversation after the shows.

Cost: $15 per person. Seats and concessions will be available


dr. Emily Famous : Havdalah & Hanukkah Family Concert

Saturday, December 17, 5 p.m., JCC on the Cohn campus

Dr. Emily Aronoff describes herself as a “fanatic learner. Dedicated educator. Data lover. Mom³. Newly single. Millennial elder. An optimistic storyteller of cautionary tales” She is dedicated to increasing and improving the ways communities educate and engage children, families, and Joyful Judaism. Her work focuses on creating meaningful and memorable moments that foster relationships, nurture learning, and encourage harmony. His music has been shared in classrooms and congregations around the world. His compositions have been featured by PJ Library, Behrman House and Transcontinental Music. She lives in South Florida Cost is $5 for ages 18 and up. Free for kids but requires a free sign up button.

The Art of Glass

Sunday, December 18, noon – 1 p.m. Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Local artist H. Sara Golding-Scher will present her glass works and there will be a conversation via Zoom with Claude Reidel, author of “From Darkness to Light: Claude Riedel and the Art of Ner Tamid”.

Reidel’s book presents a retrospective of his works. He is internationally recognized for crafting Ner Tamid, or “Eternal Light,” the essential piece that hangs above the arch in synagogues. According to his website, among his hundreds of clients are Tampa’s Rodeph Sholom and Hillel Academy. The powerful symbol of eternal light resonates immensely with Riedel, honoring his Jewish heritage and the family history of German immigrant Holocaust survivors.

The event is free but a Mini-Fest registration button is required.


Descriptions of the following films were featured in the Nov. 4-17 issue of The Jewish Press. Here, again, the programming:

The Man in the Basement

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa

Thursday, December 15, 7:30 p.m., Green Light Cinema, 221 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.


Friday, December 16, 2 p.m., Green Light Cinema

Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m., Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Dream of a Jewish Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 1 p.m., Bryan Glazer Family JCC, and will include a seated Chinese buffet.

Saturday, December 24, 7 p.m., Green Light Cinema; all moviegoers will receive a welcome gift consisting of spring rolls.


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