Education and Programs

New 2024 Programs

We began 2024 with A New Year’s Day Meditation!

It was a a wonderful gathering of 170 people strong!

We continue to practice and learn together with Rabbi Sigal:

Monthly Session 2nd Tuesday Exploring Judaism – Different topics and ideas in Judaism (Zoom)

Monthly Shabbat Meditation (Park)

Monthly Shabbat Torah Trails (Park)

Contemplative Holiday Gatherings

Sunset Havdalla on the Beach

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Shabbat at Home

Twice each season, members are invited to attend a Shabbat dinner in the homes of fellow congregants. All who wish to attend are assigned a host. The hosts coordinate the menu with their guests so that everybody contributes part of the meal. It is an opportunity to share Shabbat with food, blessings and song, and get to know people you might not otherwise know. New members are especially encouraged to sign up to meet new friends.

Volunteer hosts are encouraged to contact the coordinators, Kayla Niles or Jean Adelson.

Our 2023-2024 season dates will be January 19 and April 5.

Who Was That Person Sitting Next to Me in Synagogue?

Whether you are an “old-timer” or a new member, you surely don’t know everything about all your fellow congregants. This is an opportunity for those who want to share their stories and those who want to hear them. In a community where we are like family, what a delight to get to know that person sitting next to you at services, and have a nice lunch at a local restaurant.  The featured speakers and schedule are listed below.

Sign up when the listing appears in the newsletter. 

 The coordinator for this program is KH member, Linda Milberg.

Scheduled Speakers For 2023-2024:
November 14, 2023 – Arnie Binderman
January 9, 2024 – Dale Rosen
February 13, 2024 – Toby Deutsch
March 12, 2024 – Jolena O’Neill-Sloane

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Books & Bagels

Books and Bagels is a monthly KH book club featuring an assortment of fiction and non-fiction books on Jewish related topics, chosen by a committee of participants and led and discussed by our members.  All members and friends of the congregation are invited to explore the world of Jewish books in a warm and friendly book group that meets on the first Sunday of each month during season. This year we will meet on Zoom in October, November, May and June and return to meeting in members’ homes in high season, so the bagels will be back! We take a summer break from July to September.

2023 – 2024 Schedule

Get reading from the list below for the coming season.  If you would like to volunteer as either a host or facilitator, please contact Ruth Brandwein, coordinator of Books & Bagels.

Mark Your Calendars Now for Sundays at 10:00 AM on the following dates: (Exact pairing of titles and dates may change due to availability of discussion leaders.)

Oct 1​​​​, Nov 5​​​, Dec 3​​​, Jan 7​​​​, Feb 4​​​, March 3, April 7​​​​, May 5​​​, June 2

Chakrabati, Jai, A Play for the End of the World
Graever, Elizabeth, Kantika
Miller, Derek, Norwegian by Night
Rabinyan, Dorit, All the Rivers

Chast, Roz, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Frank, Michael, One Hundred Saturdays
Gordis, Daniel, Impossible Takes Longer
Hilliard, Robert, Surviving the Americans
Pogrebin, Letty, Shanda

The Larry Deutsch Memorial Torah Challenge

You can do it. It’s easier than you think! Calling all members to read from the Torah … if not now, when?

To celebrate her beloved late husband Larry’s love of Torah, Toby Deutsch will donate $100 to KH in honor of anyone who reads Torah at a KH service for the first time. We have computer discs to lend, and Gail Buchman, as well as other members, will assist you.

Please contact Ranita Gomez at (813) 629-1073 or to plan your date, and she will assign you a reading. In honor of Larry’s passion for teaching Torah, Toby offers the same donation for any first-time leader of a Lunch & Learn discussion.

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh (the new moon of every month of the Jewish calendar) has been celebrated as Jewish womens’ special time for centuries.

KH’s Rosh Chodesh gatherings are an opportunity to make new friends and keep up relationships among the women of our community. Each meeting consists of a short service, followed by a presentation and/or discussion on a topic selected by the group, and time for shmoozing.

Monthly meetings will be listed in the bulletin.

New members are always welcome.

Contact the coordinator, Anne Schimberg, for more information.

Movie Night

Bob and Ann Lieberman will once again be hosting monthly film programs at their home. Pre-Covid film nights were always standing room only (16-18 people) so reservations are needed. Films of Jewish interest will be introduced (al la Turner Classic Movies) and followed by discussion, once a month on Wednesday evenings at 6:45, beginning in October. Movie noshes are always available.

Experience has shown that attendees lean towards comedies, although some more serious films will be included. Each film night will be listed in the bulletin with a reservation link.

Contact Ann and Bob for information, etc.

Possible choices for the upcoming season include:
Over the Brooklyn Bridge starring Eliot Gould and Sid Caesar
The Pickle Recipe starring Lynn Cohen and David Palmer
Waltz with Bashir
The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino


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Phone: 941-244-2042
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