will be held on February 18 at Temple Sinai at which the two young Ethiopian musicians of Strong Black Coffee will tell their story of immigrating to Israel as children and talk about rhyming. On February 26, Louies Modern will host an elegant Israeli Chef’s dinner with two-time Chopped winner Admony, who owns Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat and Taim restaurants in New York City. The dinner will have two seatings and is intended to showcase the best of Israeli cuisine. A more casual event, Happy Birthday Israel, which is planned to be an all-out fun and family friendly birthday party, is being held at Robarts Arena March 11. Keshet Chaim, an Israeli modern dance troupe, will perform along with music by The Shuk Band. This event also will honor community members who have supported JFSM travel and scholarship programs that send youth to Israel to experience its culture firsthand. “We have a number of different ways we provide scholarships for Israel travel and study opportunities, and there are very generous people who are committed to helping our youth understand the modern state of Israel,” says Kim Mullins, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “Studies show that when teens and young adults make a trip to Israel, it has a profound effect on Jewish identity that lasts a lifetime. We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors who have made it possible for so many young people in our area to have that experience.” JFSM’s community partners also have events planned including a luncheon at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium highlighting the Israel-Mote partnership, World of Jazz at the Sarasota Jazz Festival sponsored by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Birthday Party for Israel@70 held at the First Church of the Nazarene Bradenton, Jewish Chorale Concert Reaching from Despair to Hope, and Israel Pub Night sponsored by Temple Emanu-El. Other events include the 10th Annual Food Festival celebrating Israel at Temple Sinai, Shalom Shuk 70 at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, Chanukah Israel Celebration at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, A Taste of Chanukah 2017 at Chabad of Sarasota, and Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival at Chabad of Venice and North Port. Additional information and a full listing of events may be found at jfedsrq.org/israel70.
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