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Nite Life: Hot Ticket

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 7, 2000

Did you hear the one about the rabbi . . .

Maybe he's so funny because of his resemblance to comedian Steve Martin.

Bob Alper bills himself as the only rabbi in the country who regularly addresses congregations requiring a cover charge and a two-drink minimum. Alper has for years married his profession with stand-up comedy, performing on television and at temples and nightclubs around the world. All the while, he continues his religious work, still conducting services.

Alper uses both his professions this weekend at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. Alper the rabbi will conduct services at the temple at 8 p.m. Friday and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, incorporating humor into his sermons.

Then, Alper the comedian performs Saturday night at a dinner and show at the temple, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. Cocktails and dinner begin at 6 p.m.; the show starts at 8. Tickets for the dinner and show are $36. The show alone is $18. (727) 347-6136.

Alper also performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 1802 Kenilworth St., Sarasota. Tickets are $20 at the door. (941) 924-1802.

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A Victorian Christmas

The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement takes the holidays back more than 100 years with its Victorian Christmas Jamboree Saturday.

Volunteers in period costumes will bake sugar cookies in a wood stove and serve them with hot apple cider. They also will be demonstrating 19th century crafts and chores, including cheese-making.

Lantern lights and handmade decorations will bedeck the Endicott House on site. (Activities will continue past dark by lantern and candlelight.)

Other activities include an arts and crafts show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hay rides, petting zoo, holiday music and a visit from Santa. The jamboree is free.

The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement is at 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 866-6401.

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