Tuesday, November 21, 2017
News Roundup

Welcome mat is out at Chabad Spring Hill

RECOMMENDED READING


SPRING HILL — "Chabad Spring Hill is a place where every Jewish person is welcome, regardless of affiliation or level of knowledge," Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc wrote in a news release when his family moved here from New York last December. "Our sole purpose is to create a warm, welcoming environment to explore and experience our heritage in a nonjudgmental and inviting atmosphere."

Lipszyc believes Chabad has a special message.

"The way we look at people is that you're Jewish, that means you're important. If we see someone Jewish, we like them, and they're an important part of our community," Lipszyc said in a recent interview. "That's why we're here."

Starting out last winter with the rabbi and his family of four — including his wife, Seema, and children — the group has grown to a network of about 50 people.

A Hanukkah menorah lighting was the first service the rabbi offered to introduce the community to Chabad. It brought out a "nice-size crowd," the rabbi said.

"In Hernando and Citrus County, there isn't the regular infrastructure that you have in a big east or west coast town," Lipszyc said. "What we're trying to do is bring back that community spirit."

Since January, programs have been added for all ages, with Seema Lipszyc providing education for younger children. Chabad offers weekly classes and has small groups that meet in people's offices or at their homes. A Wednesday brunch for seniors includes a study from the Torah.

Other programs are still in the works, such as one for seniors that would be held in their developments' clubhouses.

A new monthly program for children called Jewish Kids in Action will combine social action, meaningful discussion and creative, out-of-the-box Jewish activities that Lipszyc says will help children "discover amazing things about your Jewish heritage in a fun and interactive way."

Recently, Chabad Spring Hill invited Jewish children to participate in Shofar Factory, where children fashioned their own shofars to blow during the upcoming High Holy Days.

"One of the things I remember is making my own shofar," Lipszyc said. "It's something very unique and exciting and something that has remained with me for a long time."

With High Holy Days approaching, Lipszyc is looking forward to more growth for Chabad Spring Hill.

"We're hoping that as we start the new year, Rosh Hashana, that we get more families together to build it even more," he said.

Upcoming services for the High Holidays will be at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Rosh Hashanah will include a 7 p.m. service Sept. 20, followed by a light kiddush. A 10 a.m. service, 11:45 children's program and noon Shofar Sounding will be on Sept. 21 and 22. A kiddush will follow the services on both days.

Yom Kippur will be celebrated with Kol Nidrei at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 29, and a 10 a.m. service, a Yizkor Memorial service at noon, a Neilah Closing service at 5:45 p.m. and a Shofar Blast at 7:52 p.m. Sept. 30. These services will be followed by Break-the-fast.

"Whether your background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited, the services will leave you feeling enriched, connected, uplifted and energized to start your new year in the most meaningful way," the group's Web page states. "Many of the prayers are recited by the congregation in unison, specifically in English, so that everyone can participate. Hebrew/English prayer books are used throughout the service."

Rabbi and Seema Lipszyc will provide an English running commentary of explanatory and insights as well as a children's program.

Admission is free and does not require membership. Seating is assigned, so those interested should call (352) 600-2779.

Another event for the group, with times to be announced, will be Sushi in the Sukkah on Oct. 8, which will include eating in a sukkah (used for meals during the celebration of Sukkot), a private sushi chef and fun for the family.

Lipszyc said those who attend Chabad Spring Hill will find that it brings back memories of Judaism from when they were young.

"Our group is traditional," said the rabbi, "but our community isn't."

Comments
Jury to decide whether Adam Matos be put to death in Hudson quadruple-murder

Jury to decide whether Adam Matos be put to death in Hudson quadruple-murder

NEW PORT RICHEY — A jury today could decide that the man convicted in the brutal slaying of four — including his former girlfriend — should be put to death.The jury in the Adam Matos trial returns at 9:30 a.m. to hear closing arguments and begin deli...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Forecast: Clouds build, setting stage for a soggy Thanksgiving across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Clouds build, setting stage for a soggy Thanksgiving across Tampa Bay

Clouds and temperatures are increasing — and so are rain chances – as Thanksgiving could be a soggy one across the Tampa Bay region.[WTSP]Check the latest Tampa Bay-area live radar: The wet outlook is due to a systems that will produce spotty shower...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Florida man bites police officer during warrant hearing

Florida man bites police officer during warrant hearing

Miami (AP) — Authorities say a man bit a police officer who was taking him into custody during a hearing in a Miami courtroom.Miami-Dade police spokesman Argemis Colome tells news outlets the officer suffered a "severe injury" when Godel Leveille bit...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Joe Henderson: Low-attendance Athletics fund own stadium, how about Rays?

Joe Henderson: Low-attendance Athletics fund own stadium, how about Rays?

I would like to believe what Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.It sounded good when he told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, "I’m more focused on working with the community to figure out...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

Rick and Tom podcast: Debunking the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones debunk the Jameis Winston conspiracy theories as he will miss a third consecutive game this weekend in Atlanta.The guys explain that Winston’s absence is purely medical and has nothing to do with the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Daystarter: Jury to decide Matos’ fate; details into Halladay’s plane crash; barriers help secure North Straub Park through holidays; sexual assault reports down at MacDill

The Daystarter: Jury to decide Matos’ fate; details into Halladay’s plane crash; barriers help secure North Straub Park through holidays; sexual assault reports down at MacDill

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• Expect rain today and through the rest of the week, according to 10Weather WTSP. It will likely be a wet Thanksgiving.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• As you head out fo...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Crash involving bicyclist closes EB lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — Eastbound lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard were reopened by 6:30 a.m. at S Parker Street in downtown Tampa after a bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning.The crash occurred in front of the University of Tampa, according to broadcast reports.W...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Barricades reinforce security for holiday events on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront

Barricades reinforce security for holiday events on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront

Times Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — World and national tragedies are changing the city’s approach to security for special events at North Straub Park.With the approach of the holidays, concrete barricades have been erected at a section of the park’s ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
‘Last Flag Flying’ is kind of a puzzling follow-up to 1973’s ‘The Last Detail’

‘Last Flag Flying’ is kind of a puzzling follow-up to 1973’s ‘The Last Detail’

Richard Linklater called 2016’s Everybody Wants Some!! a "spiritual sequel" to his last-century breakout Dazed and Confused. Different characters, same youthful, life-exploring vibe.Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying, can be considered a spiritual ...
Published: 11/21/17
Ybor ’s first public school, long gone, still has a story to tell about district’s history

Ybor ’s first public school, long gone, still has a story to tell about district’s history

TAMPA — It’s been more than a century since Ybor City’s first public school was demolished on the plot of land now identified as 1311 E. Eighth Ave.For the past 22 years, the popular concert venue New World Brewery took up the space and one next door...
Published: 11/21/17