Young Israel Congregation of Bay Harbor is presenting a three-week Shabbat series for young adult women. The interesting and informational classes offer fresh approaches to Shabbat and provide a perfect setting for participants to meet and socialize.

The series began on December 6 with a program on “How to Make Shabbat Relevant for your Children.” The riveting discussion was led by Mrs. Debbie Hamburg, principal of RASG Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach. Rebbetzin Rena Gruenstein, who has specialized in Jewish early-childhood education for the past 35 years, shared insights. Tzippy Wigoda hosted the event.


The second class, on December 20, will be led by Gloria Sterenthal, a talented jewelry designer, who will share her creative flair with a hands-on demonstration titled “How to Create a Beautiful Shabbat Table.” Suzy Steinmetz will give a d’var Torah on the connection between the value of beauty and Shabbat. Batya Cosiol will host the evening.

The final get-together, on January 3, will be hosted by Tammy Attias. It will be open to the congregation’s women of all ages. The theme will be “How to Prepare a Shabbat Menu with ‘Tam.’ ” Shaike Korlansky, regarded as one of South Florida’s best culinary chefs, will give a demonstration. Rebbetzin Rena Gruenstein, who hosts shul members for delicious Shabbat meals, will contribute to the topic.

Space is limited, so RSVP with Tammy Attias; call 786-566-2102 or e-mail

Young Israel of Bay Harbor is located at 9580 Abbot Avenue, Surfside. Call the shul at 305-866-0203 for more information.


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Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.