The inaugural community-wide educational initiative of “Kesher: The Connection” will focus on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness, parenting and Jewish study plus fun and innovative programs for the kids.
The Aug. 18 event, entitled “Chai Life: Health, Self and Community,” will be divided into two blocks, giving adult participants a choice of attending any two of the seminars.
Not to be left out, children are invited to attend a dynamic line up of age-specific activities. The youth program will feature guest artist and award-winning educational project: “Bible Raps” with Matt Bar, “The Bible Rapper “with Ali Richardson, hip hop jazz and musicology expert.
Additionally, seventh graders are invited to participate in their own community service program. Students will sort and bag cleaning supplies to be distributed through Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services to classrooms in need.
Community members are asked to bring packaged cleaning supplies to the event (or prior to the event, to a local synagogue) so that the students have a large selection of items to work with.
The program will culminate with an original rap performance created by the students and kosher lunch catered by Jo-Els.
Admission is $5 per person; $20 maximum for the entire family.
Free babysitting is available.
Kesher is open to all members of the community, whether affiliated with a local synagogue or temple or unaffiliated. The program will be held from 9:30 am. – 1 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road.
Partners in the project are the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast (previously the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties), Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services and five congregations: Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple B’nai Israel, both in Clearwater; Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor; Temple Beth-El and Congregation B’nai Israel, both in St. Petersburg.
Rabbi Danielle Upbin of Beth Shalom is the program coordinator.
Registration and further information can be found on the Federation website: jewishpinellas.org/kesher or call the Federation office at (727) 530-3223.