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Tarpon offers Greek violin lessons
Published Jan. 28, 2019

Tarpon Springs offers Greek violin lessons

The city of Tarpon Springs is presenting two workshops in Greek violin style and repertoire for intermediate and advanced students. The workshops will be held on Feb. 15 and Feb. 18 from 3:30-5 p.m at the Safford House Museum, 23 Parkin Court. Michalis Kappas from Greece will provide workshops in the traditional violin music of the island of Kalymnos. An archaeologist by profession, Kappas learned from the traditional Kalymnian players and began performing at events (glendia, panigyria, weddings) when he was 17. He appears on a recording of traditional Kalymnian music and has performed extensively at festivals in Europe and the U.S. Students are welcome to attend one or both workshops and will need to bring their own violin. The cost is $5 per person per class. For information, call (727) 937-1130.

Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg offering criminal justice course

Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will offer an adult education course on the Jewish approach to criminal justice beginning Wednesday. "Crime and Consequence" is a six-part series. The course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will address questions of crime, punishment and justice from a Jewish perspective. Topics will include "What's the purpose of prison: punishment, deterrence or rehabilitation?" and "What's Judaism's position on the death penalty?" Classes will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. Call (727) 344-4900 or go to for information.