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The west coast of Florida is known for beautiful sunsets, clear water, and warmer water in the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is attracting financial and tech companies like Chase Bank, so the jobs are already there. Located about three hours west from South Florida and about an 90 minutes from Orlando. But that is all about to change. Bridghline has announced plans to connect the Miami to Tampa with high-speed rail service by 2028. Rail service is already near completion to Orlando, Florida, expected to start service in early 2023.

All of the ingredients are in place for the community to grow. In the past the Jewish community had been growing slowly and steadily, mostly non religious or non-affiliated, but that is changing with higher house prices in South Florida and Orlando, Tampa, while not cheap, is more affordable right now. There are two Jewish schools in Tampa the Hillel Academy affiliated with the JCC, and Hebrew Academy affiliated with Chabad. There are also preschools located at the Chabad, Hillel, and JCC south campus. Tampa has Chabad five Centers/Synagogues, a Young Israel, two Conservative Synagogues, and the Reform Congregation Schaarai Zedek, serving 1,200 families in the Tampa Bay area. The Young Israel of Tampa has a page dedicated to people looking to view the community and information on nearby lodging.

The Young Israel of Tampa has a community eruv (see website), and the Chabad at UCF are located nearby. Mikvah Israel Chabad - Tampa Bay & Central Florida is located at the Chabad of Central Forida. Kosher food is available at the Winn Dixie which features a kosher deli and bakery. Restaurants and takeout include Kosher Tampa, providing glatt kosher prepared foods, Milk N' Honey has pizza takeout, ordering is required, and David's Glatt Kosher Deli with sit down restaurant and prepared meals for takeout.

Tampa is located on the Gulf of Mexico, Central West Florida. Like most of Florida there's plenty of shopping nearby including Costco, Wal-Mart, and plenty of shopping malls. Theme parks in Tampa include Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Zoo Tamps, Grand-Prix Tampa, and Dinosaur World. There are plenty of city and state parks, as well as miles of beaches. Highways include Highway 275, Interstate 75 (Atlanta), Highway 4 (to Orlando). Tampa International Airport is located just West of all of the Jewish communities. Universities include the University of Tampa, University of Central Florida (Tampa Campus). There is rail service from Miami and West Palm Beach, however, it currently takes nearly 8 hours today (High Speed Rail estimated in 2028), bus service is anywhere from 7-11 hours depending on express or not.

<strong>There was word (before Corona) that a community was being build just north of the city for 2,500 homes for Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. We are waiting to hear back from the developers regarding their plans post-Covid.</strong>


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Congregation Rodeph Sholom   0
2713 Bayshore Blvd
InternetGet Directions1-813-837-1911
Description: Conservative synagogue in the Tampa Bay area. Features a Sunday School from 9:00 - 12:00
Last Reported Active: Mar 14, 2022
Congregation Schaarai Zedek   0
3303 W Swann Ave
InternetGet Directions1-813-876-2377
Description: Reform synagogue in Tampa serving 1,200 households in the Bay Area.
Last Reported Active: Mar 14, 2022
JCC Preschool - South Tampa   0
Shomer Shabbos 
2713 Bayshore Blvd
InternetGet Directions1-813-835-6614
Description: VPK program, age 4, for children before Kindergarten. Located on the JCC Cohn Campus.
Last Reported Active: Mar 14, 2022
Camp Gan Israel @ Chabad Lubavitch   0
Shomer Shabbos 
14908 Pennington Rd
InternetGet Directions1-813-963-2317
Description: Orthodox summer camp is open to all. Pre-school (ages 8 month - 5 years), regular camp ages 6-12. Summer session is 4 weeks.
Last Reported Active: Mar 14, 2022
Hebrew Academy Day School @ Chabad Lubavitch   0
Shomer Shabbos 
14908 Pennington Rd
InternetGet Directions1-813-963-0706
Description: Orthodox school is open to all practices of Judaism. Early childhood 6-months thru 4. Pre-K thru 8th grade. Located in the Chabad Lubavitch of Tampa Bay. See also Camp Gan Israel.
Last Reported Active: Mar 14, 2022

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