The Jewish Heritage Club

of Valencia Lakes West

Items of Interest — May 7, 2017

Items of Interest to members of the Jewish Heritage Club. 
Questions or Comment?  Contact Bob Hurwitz (

1.  Author to speak on diplomat who saved Jewish families

Morris Wolff, author of Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg, will speak at an interfaith event on May 17 at 7:00 PM at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 S Howard Ave., Tampa.

See flyer at the bottom of this post for details.

2​.  Vincent Genovese announces the continuation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, now scheduled for January 21, 2018.


Jewish institutions, JHC of Valencia Lakes, Rabbis, Clergy,

Cantors, State, City and County officials, Schools,

Holocaust commemoration supporters, media, US & Foreign Military Officers


First of all, I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Tampa Bay community for the overwhelming number of messages I received expressing their support and asking to continue hosting the International Holocaust Remembrance Day as done in the prior five years to honor the memory of the 6 million innocent men, women and children who perished in the hands of the Nazi regime.

 I am very pleased to let you know that the International Holocaust commemoration will continue now under the banner of the International Diplomatic Corps of Florida, an organization recently registered in the state of Florida.

 I am also very pleased to attach a list of Career Consuls and Honorary Consuls who have agreed to support the International Holocaust commemoration scheduled onJanuary 21, 2018. Invitations will also be sent to other groups as shown in the attachment seeking their support and participation to the Holocaust commemoration.

 In due course, you will receive detailed information on the scheduled event.




List of supporters below:

International Diplomatic Corps of Florida

3. Jewish Pioneers:  A new life in the Old West

Read about historian Kenneth Libo’s observation: “Jews literally brought civilization to countless cities and towns in America west of the Mississippi by establishing ‘the department store’ in every town of any consequence. Their numbers may have been small, but their influence was substantial.”  (CTRL Click to follow the link, below)
4.  Is Mah-Jongg a Jewish Game?
“How on earth did a 19th century Chinese parlor game come to be a favorite pastime for middle-aged Jewish women?” In 1937, a group of Jewish women formed the National Mah Jongg League(NMJL), which to this day strives to maintain consistency in the game. Read the article at the link below:
Updated: May 7, 2017 — 7:52 pm

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