Jewish Life & Learning




Our Next Event



Jewish Geography

Featuring Ren Birnholz, Rabbi Richard Birnholz and Nir Samuel.
(Dinner included)


Join us for a multi-sensory experience as we travel to lands far away.


Did you know that Jewish communities in India date as far back as 562 BCE?


Learn about the fascinating stories of the Cochin, Bene Israel, Baghdadi, and Bnei Menashe Jews, who have contributed to the cultural and religious mosaic of India.


Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes that reflect the fusion of Jewish and Indian cuisines.  Admire the colorful and intricate images of the synagogues, monuments, and artifacts that showcase the heritage and legacy of Indian Jews.


Take this journey to India and hear firsthand tales of life in the past. Learn about family treasures and legends. Veronica Maxwell, OLLI’s executive director, will be our travel guide emceeing the event. Guest speakers include Ren Birnholz, Abir Samuel and Zmira Samuel.


Wednesday, Aug. 14th
6:00 - 7:30 PM

JCC on the Cohn Campus

13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa

Cost: Member: $15 | Guest $25

In partnership with the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Jewish Life & Learning provides the community with Jewish connections to educational series, interactive programs and celebratory events.


Join us in celebration of Jewish holidays throughout the year. We also have informational resources and opportunities for you to connect with Israel.





Thank You

for Celebrating Yom Ha'Atzmaut with Us!


We had a fantastic time celebrating Israel's Independence Day with all of you! The sights, sounds, and flavors of Israel truly came alive thanks to your participation.


A special thank you goes out to:

  • Participants in the Teen Reels Short-Film Contest: Your films not only showcase the vibrancy and richness of Jewish culture but also serve as powerful tools for spreading awareness and understanding..
  • Our talented craft vendors: Your unique creations added a vibrant touch to the event.
  • The community organizations: Thank you for sharing your work and connecting with the community.
  • The amazing performance by The Shuk: You created a truly joyous event!
  • The dedicated volunteers: Your hard work ensured a smooth-running and enjoyable event for all.
  • And of course, to all the attendees! Your energy and enthusiasm made Yom Ha'Atzmaut truly special.


We look forward to celebrating with you again next year!




Connecting with Israel





     Watch the Western Wall in real-time - Click here






Consulate General of Israel to Florida, Kansas, Missouri & Puerto Rico - Click here


Florida-Israel Business Accelerator - Click here


Israeli American Council - Click here