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A Guide to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee

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halom and welcome to the first edition of Connections! The idea for this resource guide came to me when I saw a copy of a similar publication at a printer in Clearwater, Florida. Based on that publication, in 2009, I created a Connections for The Jewish Federation of Collier County. When I brought that edition to the attention of the staff and leadership of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, they quickly realized the value that a resource guide of this caliber would have for the local Jewish community. You’re holding a copy of Connections or reading it online thanks to: • Federation Executive Director Howard Tevlowitz and Associate Executive Director Marty Haberer, as well as the Federation’s Communications Committee, who gave their blessings to produce this publication. • Federation staff members Kim Mullins, Robin Leonardi and Christopher Alexander, who put in countless hours compiling editorial information, designing the cover and Federation program ads, and soliciting the community’s synagogues, organizations, businesses and professionals to have them advertise in the publication. Which naturally leads to… • The 87 advertisers who, through their support, helped pay for the cost of compiling, printing, mailing and distributing Connections. • The dozens of contributors of information found in these pages – from rabbis, synagogue presidents and volunteers, to organization leaders and publicity staff, to educators and museum directors, and many others. I had fun compiling, researching and reading all the information in this guide. I learned a lot about the wealth of opportunities – cultural, educational and spiritual – available to the Jewish community in Sarasota-Manatee. If you know of something that should have been included and was not, please send me the information (jewishnews@comcast.net). Before you know it, we’ll be putting together the next edition of Connections! Everyone involved with Connections hopes you will save it and use it as a guide for the coming year. And please share it with others or have them contact the Federation for their own copy.

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Table of Contents FEDERATION...............................................8-13

From the Executive Director..................................................8 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.............9-13

ARTS & CULTURE.......................................14-33

News and Information ....................................................14-15 Entertainment - Film.........................................................16-18 Book Discussion Groups.................................................20-21 Scholar-in-Residence......................................................22-23 Museums.............................................................................24-25 Calendar of live Jewish-related events at theaters......26 Speakers/Lectures...........................................................28-29 Holocaust Programming......................................................30 Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Games, etc...............................32-33

RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................34-46 ORGANIZATIONS......................................48-65

Special Interest Groups...................................................48-55 Advocacy Groups..............................................................58-59 Israel Connection..............................................................60-65

EDUCATION - CHILDREN...........................80-93

Preschools.......................................................................80-82 Hebrew/Religious Schools.............................................83-88 Camps...................................................................................89-92 Youth Groups............................................................................93

TEEN FOCUS..............................................94-97

Youth Groups......................................................................94-95 Teen Programs....................................................................96-97

JEWISH OUTREACH................................98-100 CALENDAR............................................104-109

Community Events......................................................104-108 Candle Lighting Times........................................................109 Jewish Holidays.....................................................................109

INDEX....................................................110-111 DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.....................112

COMMUNITY SERVICES............................66-69

Jewish Family & Children’s Service.............................66-67 Senior Services / Jewish Housing Council.......................68 Life Cycle and Other Resources...........................................69

ADULT EDUCATION..................................70-78

Ongoing Classes................................................................70-74 Early 2011 Classes..............................................................75-78

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in Connections.

Visiting other areas in Southwest Florida and want to know about all things Jewish there? There are Connections publications for Lee and Charlotte Counties as well as for Collier County. To view the online versions, visit the Federation websites listed below.

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have had the privilege of serving our Jewrather than a core identity that defines who we ish community as the Executive Director are and how we live. of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManThus Jewish community-building through atee for almost ten years. During that time, I programming, strengthening and maintaining have had the opportunity and the pleasure of an open, engaged, vibrant Jewish environment connecting with many volunteers and donors is the central and overarching priority and – the backbone of our Federation. It is through purpose of our Federation. In our parents’ and their hard work and dedication that we are congrandparents’ time, community was a given. stantly in a state of flux – determined to make Today, we cannot assume its existence. We things better. must build it through: HOWARD Our new magazine, Connections: A Guide ÎÎJewish Futures – children and teens: The TEVLOWITZ to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee, highgreat Abraham Joshua Heschel once wrote, Executive Director lights our community and the many organi“We are ingenious in fundraising, which is The Jewish Federation zations, synagogues, resources and services of Sarasota-Manatee good; we are shipwrecked in raising our chilavailable to you. dren, which is tragic. I wish we could give priThrough the efforts of Ted Epstein, editor ority to teaching and inspiring our children to and designer of our Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee newslive as Jews.” Today, when living a Jewish life is a choice, paper and this Connections magazine, Robin Leonardi, our our Federation is heavily investing in our youth through advertising sales representative, as well as the many adverfunding teen missions to Israel (Young Ambassadors, tisers in the magazine, you have a keepsake directory of “all SKIP program, March of the Living and Hillel), formal things Jewish” – a way for everyone to make a connection learning opportunities (religious schools and Commuwith Jewish life in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the niteen®), and informal learning opportunities (overnight surrounding communities. Jewish camping and The PJ Library). Connections magazine is a helpful resource to those in- ÎÎ Jewish Futures – the next generation: Our Federation is terested in moving here, to recent newcomers, to longtime working diligently and enthusiastically throughout our residents, and to those needing guidance, help and support. community to make Judaism a choice our next generaThe Federation Board constantly seeks out ways to imtion will willingly embrace. Through a wide variety of prove upon how we can provide the very best possible insocial, informal learning and formal learning opportuniformation to Jewish households throughout Sarasota County ties, we are enabling our young adults to connect to their and Manatee County. Judaism in ways relevant to them. For me, the work we do at Federation can be summarized ÎÎ Social Services: Through Jewish Family and Children’s succinctly, “You are not obligated to finish the task; neither Service, the Synagogue community, the Jewish Housare you free to neglect it.” (Pirkei Avot) For preceding generaing Council and direct Federation programs, Federation tions, fighting anti-Semitism, rescuing persecuted Jews and supports almost one-half of religious school students, supporting Israel continued to provide a common focus that case management/information and referral services, visheld us together as a community. These activities, however, iting the sick in area hospitals and nursing homes, a wide never addressed the steadily increasing challenge to Jewish range of senior services, and counseling to Jewish indiidentity posed by “modernity.” The Jewish community, once viduals and families in crisis. central to the lives of Jews, has become peripheral for many. ÎÎ Hospitality: We sponsor events each year to welcome And without a strong connection to a vibrant community, newcomers and the newly born to our community. Our for many, being Jewish has become one of several activities – outreach activities offer opportunities for people to learn

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Federation about our thriving Jewish community. All of our events have an important social component built in to make people feel welcome. ÎÎ Jewish Education and Culture: Our Federation hosts the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School to provide formal Jewish education for area adults; supports Chabad’s JLI (Jewish Learning Institute); and is home to the newly formed Liberal Yeshiva. In November 2010, we hosted the first annual Jewish Book Festival, bringing renowned Jewish authors to speak in venues all around Sarasota and Manatee counties to enrich our lives. Our Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) division provides the opportunity for women of all ages to meet others who share similar interests. And through a wide range of community partnerships such as the Van Wezel, the Van Wezel Foundation,

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Embracing Our Differences (EOD), Sarasota Ballet, and the Sarasota Film Festival – Federation sponsors Jewishthemed programming for the entire community. ÎÎ Israel: Our Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI) conducts outreach within the Jewish and general communities, fostering Israel education and awareness and providing a forum for dealing with antiSemitism in our community and throughout the world. And again from Pirkei Avot: “Do not think for one moment that all the work is done.” I invite you, I urge you, I challenge you – take a role and play a part in connecting to make our Jewish community an even better place to live. Together we can continue to create a beautiful Kehilla Yehudit, a Jewish community, which can be proud of the work it does.

Who is “Federation” and what do we do?

he answer is simple: Federation is you – and every member of the Jewish community of Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Federation is the thread that runs through the fabric of our Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting us all. Our mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life. We fulfill our mission by supporting programs for Jewish people in need in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and throughout the world, providing food for the hungry and counseling for the troubled, spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational, outreach and continuity initiatives. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents of Sarasota-Manatee by creating and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, wherever they may be, from young children and families to seniors.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing connection, advocacy, education and care for anyone in need through its network of Jewish and secular community partners.

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Annual Campaign

The annual fundraising arm of the Federation is organized to meet the challenges of modern Jewish life and provide the necessary financial resources needed to fund the myriad of services, programs and activities demanded of us in order to sustain and grow a strong and vital Jewish life – here in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel and around the world. Founded on the principle of unity and dignity for all, today’s Federation Annual Campaign has evolved into a major fundraising, planning and coordinating body of Sarasota-Manatee’s Jewish community. Through your support of Federation’s Annual Campaign, you play a vital role in helping your Federation “get the job done.”

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Federation Giving tzedakah to your Federation, which disburses your dollars to areas and programs where it is most needed, has its roots in early Jewish history. In small towns and large cities, donations were given to a community kupah as an expression of devotion to community and the entire Jewish people. Today, it continues to demonstrate a love of community that is without limitation. The Federation system has raised billions of dollars since its inception. More than just a charitable gift, the Annual Campaign fulfills the Jewish obligation of communal tzedakah and is the centerpiece of the Federation fundraising effort; it provides unrestricted, general support monies to the communities. With less government funding available, the Annual Campaign takes on greater importance. A growing Annual Campaign is the key to long-term financial stability. Together with endowments, specifically earmarked gifts and “once in a lifetime” or extraordinary contributions, the Annual Campaign provides philanthropic opportunities for a wide range of contributors. Thus, more dollars will be available to meet the growing needs of the Jewish community as we move into the next century.

Major Gifts and Lion of Judah Divisions

The Major Gifts, Lion of Judah and Pomegranate are

“Fighting the movement to delegitimize Israel.”

www.helleriai.org • Get the facts about Israel • Learn how to respond to anti-Semitism • Contact local government and media

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the premier fundraising recognition levels of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. These divisions provide exclusive social experiences to the community’s leading Jewish philanthropists, who give a major portion of the campaign dollars raised each year. These donors are dedicated leaders involved in the Federation’s extended lifeline of humanitarian relief and support.

Israel-Diaspora Relations

Israel’s changing fortune – from a fragile, dependent entity to a prosperous country – has greatly altered its relationship with Jewish communities in the Diaspora. Today, Jews in North America are challenged to relate to Israelis and the future development of Israel in new ways. Israelis also need to adapt to changes in Israel and in the Diaspora. There is a new emphasis on strategic investment in Israel, support of culture and the arts, and the creation of new philanthropic models. Underlying all these mutual efforts will be a joint response to these historic questions, which can only be answered together: What is the Jewish meaning and future role of the bond between Israel and the Diaspora? Can that relationship contribute to the development of the meaning of Jewish identity and the Jewish meaning of being an Israeli? In light of the plethora of international boycott pressures and increased threats from Islamic terrorists aimed at Jewish organizations, the Federation, through the Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI), is stepping up its efforts to combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement and radical Islam through a wide variety of educational and advocacy opportunities. The international movement is a sinister campaign designed to erode the very basis of Israel’s legitimacy. With the exception of the seemingly unrelenting Iranian effort to build nuclear weapons, this push to undermine the idea that Israel has the right to exist as the Jewish state in the Middle East is its greatest existential threat.

Jewish Education

Jewish education is essential to ensuring a strong Jewish identity in young people, supporting identity throughout life, and building a dynamic and engaged Jewish community for generations to come. Our Federation strives to create and cultivate a community where formal and informal Jewish education mix impeccably, where opportunities for Jewish learning flow naturally from one life stage to the next. Community members of all ages, backgrounds and denominations are able to learn and thrive together Jewishly. By promoting lifelong Jewish learning, we play a vital role in fostering meaningful Jewish continuity in contemporary American Jewish life.

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Federation Community Outreach

Each year, the Federation hosts numerous events, affording the community opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. Examples include: The Jewish Book Festival, held in November, coincides with Jewish Book Month. The Festival brings world renowned, critically acclaimed authors to the community to speak about Israel, the Holocaust, food, women’s issues and more. Topics and authors are selected that appeal to a wide range of interests, ages and points of view. Women’s Day, sponsored by the Federation’s Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good), takes place in December. The event attracts over 300 women of all ages with intellectually stimulating speakers and delicious food. Past speakers include Linda Hooper, Tiffany Shlain and Iris Krasnow. A Night to Celebrate Israel, a concert featuring Israeli pop star Noa, with honored guest Natan Sharansky, will be held on January 12, 2011. The Jewish Film Festival will take place March 27-31, 2011. The event, presented in partnership with the famed and well-established Sarasota Film Festival, showcases Israeli and Jewish-themed films, many with post-film discussions led by directors, producers and local film connoisseurs.

Publications

The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee, celebrating its 40th year, is now recognized as one of the leading Jewish community newspapers in the country. Published monthly, the Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee serves as a major source of Jewish news and information for the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community. If something Jewish-related is happening locally, you’ll find out about it in the Jewish News. In addition to our nearly 8,500 subscribers, the newspaper can be found in all area temples and synagogues in Sarasota-Manatee, as well as our partner agencies and public libraries in the area. The latest issue and an archive of past issues can be viewed online in Flash edition format at www.jfedsrq.org. Editorial submissions from the community are welcomed and can be sent to jewishnews@comcast.net; for advertising, contact Robin Leonardi at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x114 or rleonardi@jfedsrq.org.

Virtual Communications

The Federation’s comprehensive website, www.jfedsrq.org, offers current information about Federation programs and special events, a community calendar, Jewish Yellow Pages, national and international news, Federation’s blog

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Federation and more. In addition to its website, the Federation’s online presence extends to its Facebook page (www.facebook. com/jfedsrq) as well a weekly enewsletter highlighting upcoming programs and current events, which reaches over 3,000 households. To sign up for the enewsletter, please visit www.jfedsrq.org or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org. (Read more about the Jewish News, website and enewsletter on the following pages.)

The Future

Over the last century, through its vast network of social services, through rescues and special campaigns, the Federation system has helped millions of people around the world. To continue and enhance this role, however, Federations, like ours in Sarasota-Manatee, must confront new issues and make new choices while still maintaining the essence of their responsibility to the Jewish people and the world. The changing landscape forces the Federations to move in new directions. It will not be easy. But then again, it never has been easy. The past, however, offers reassurance. The heritage of the Federation system is a remarkable one. Its work over the last century has literally trans-

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formed the world. Millions of volunteers and professionals at Federations across North America have marshaled the necessary energy and resources to break down impenetrable barriers and to accomplish the impossible. Each generation has changed, tackling the insurmountable problems of its times. As the new century beckons, this generation will do the same.

And so much more…

These are just some of the highlights of what your Jewish Federation has to offer. You’ll find lots more information about us in this resource guide, provided to you by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

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Over 1,800 young Jews, ages 22-45, will come together to explore why it matters to be Jewish, how they connect to their Judaism and the larger community, and to have an amazing time. The Federation will offer a $500 subsidy per person to the first 20 participants who register before January 15, 2011. Certain restrictions apply. Contact Gisele Pintchuck at 941.371.4546 ext. 121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org for more details. The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232

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With your generous support, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee provides for critical community services and flavorful Jewish programming for all ages.

Contact the Federation and find out how your gift can make a difference.

Jewish in Sarasota and Manatee.

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he Jewish News, the monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, is the one publication that ties together the Jewish community of the SarasotaManatee area. If something locally is happening that is Jewish-related, you’ll find out about it in the pages of the Jewish News. The newspaper was first published 40 years ago, and has gone through several design, paper, size and editorial changes. Several recent issues have had 48 pages – the largest ever in the history of the publication. Each month, readers of the Jewish News get news and updates on all Jewish-related local events, including the Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Book Festival, Live from the 92nd Street Y, book study groups, timely lectures, theatrical performances, food festivals and comedy nights. They also get updates from synagogues and local Jewish organizations. It’s the place they turn to for Federation updates, community news, Jewish Happenings, photos and updates of recent events, features on local leaders, rabbinical commentary and much more. Ted Epstein, editor/designer of Connections, has been the Managing Editor and designer of the Jewish News since August 2009. The Jewish News is mailed free to the Jewish households in the area and is also available at the Federation offices, local synagogues, senior living facilities, and several retail outlets. It can also be found online at the

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Federation website (www.jfedsrq.org), where readers can view the current and past issues in a unique Flash Edition format. The mission of the Jewish News is to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish partners. In accomplishing this mission, the newspaper seeks to: • Celebrate Jewish life in SarasotaManatee • Inform, enrich and entertain its readers • Strengthen Jewish identity and facilitate participation in Jewish community life • Provide an efficient advertising and editorial network to businesses that serve our area • Provide dynamic and effective outreach to the Jewish and interfaith community • Provide a forum for discussion to engage and educate the Jewish family • Bring to its readers the joy of being Jewish For more information about the Jewish News or to receive a free subscription, please call 941.371.4546 or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org. For advertising information, please contact Robin Leonardi at 941.371.4546 x114 or rleonardi@jfedsrq.org.

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ach week, the Federation emails a community newsletter with the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activities, news from Israel, important news updates and more. And when there’s fast-breaking news, you’ll get an alert as well. To sign up, visit the home page at www.jfedsrq.org and enter your email address in the appropriate box, or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org.

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isitors to www.jfedsrq.org will find a wealth of information, including upcoming Federation and community events, the Jewish Yellow Pages, program descriptions, education opportunities, Holocaust Awareness, Federation campus partners, and links to the online version of the Jewish News monthly newspaper and this publication. There are also sections that provide information on where you can get help, such as camp incentive grants, college scholarships, and senior services. And the website makes it easy to learn about ways you can support your Federation and how you can get involved.

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he Federation, as the community clearinghouse to coordinate services, maintains a calendar for meetings and events of all Jewish organizations in the area. Visit the Community Calendar page at www. jfedsrq.org and you’ll find extensive listings of events for today, this week, this month and throughout the year. You can search for events by keyword, a range of dates, and the hosting organization. Have an event you’d like to make the community aware of? You can add it to the calendar as well.

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he second Thursday of each month, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel (TBI) hosts Movie Night. Movie Night screens films with Jewish themes or content for an evening of thoughtprovoking entertainment. Whether it’s a documentary, drama or comedy, each movie is chosen to appeal to the many different interests of our diverse Jewish community. Many films shown in the series have been shown at Jewish film festivals across the country. Movie Night is open to the public. The cost is just $3.50 for the film and refreshments (free for TBI members). For more information, contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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emple Beth Sholom offers a fascinating selection of films each month during its Film Matinee Series. Films are shown in the Social Hall at 1:00 p.m., usually on the third Wednesday of the month, and include a presentation. The Men’s Club offers a light lunch at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are required for lunch, and a $5 donation would be appreciated. Upcoming screenings include: January 19: Spark Among the Ashes – A 13-year-old Connecticut boy decides to become a Bar Mitzvah in Poland, in a town that requested to see one after so many years. February 16: The Children of Chabannes – An inspiring story about a rural French village that took action and saved the lives of 400 Jewish children. March 16: Waves of Freedom – A documentary based on the book Secret Fleet.

we put the “delI” in Delicious. What can you do when the craving strikes? Head over to TooJay’s, for a huge selection of traditional deli favorites from cheese blintzes to fresh nova. From classic deli sandwiches, like mile-high pastrami on rye, to our signature salads teaming with shrimp, tuna or chicken. And did we mention our famous dessert menu? Come to TooJay’s Gourmet Deli. We’ve got what you crave.

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and smuggle Holocaust survivors into Israel. Anyone interested in these films is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Sholom office at 941.955.8121. Librarian Sylvia Firschein organizes this series.

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ynaplex Shabbat at Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) is Shabbat like you’ve never seen it! Synaplex is a community-building program designed to make Shabbat a special experience at Temple Beth Sholom.

Just like a movie theater Cineplex allows people to view different movies at the same theater, a Synaplex Shabbat allows participants to choose from a variety of breakout sessions that run simultaneously in different parts of the building. (Syna is from synagogue and Plex is from a building with a number of rooms, thus Synaplex.) Synaplex at TBS has four components: • Eating Together • Learning Together • Worshipping Together • Rejoicing Together The goal is to provide innovative opportunities for learning and worshipping that will strengthen Jewish identity and inspire continuity. Upcoming Synaplex dates include Saturday, January 22 and Friday, April 8. Please contact Temple Beth Sholom at 941.955.8121 or visit their website at www.templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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emple Emanu-El Sisterhood is delighted to welcome the community to “Dinner and a Movie,” Saturday evening, January 22, at Temple Emanu-El. A popular annual event, “Dinner and a Movie” transforms the Temple Emanu-El social hall into an elegant, lively cinema. Festive decorations and a themed catered supper with wine and dessert set the mood and enable guests to get to know one another. Following the meal, participants enjoy a film screened on Temple Emanu-El’s stateof-the-art projector system. Under the direction of event chair and past Sisterhood president Cindy Gilburne, the theme of this year’s “Dinner and a Movie” has been playfully designated “chick flick.” A classic film with special appeal to women and a dessert bar of assorted candies – evoking the candy counter at the Cineplex – will be among the fun and whimsical features of the evening. All proceeds from “Dinner and a Movie” will benefit Temple Emanu-El Religious School. For more information or to make reservations for Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s “Dinner and a Movie,” please contact Cindy Gilburne at 941.812.4858 or cgilburne@gmail.com.

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everal documentary films of Jews throughout the world gleaned from the Dr. Samuel Gross Collection will be shown. These rare and outstanding historic films, which range in length from one to two hours, are part of an extensive film library and have been shown at the University of South Florida and The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. Possible film subjects to

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in WWII. For members and invited guests. Contact the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at 941.929.7771 for more information.

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eeping active during the quieter summer season, the Jewish Center of Venice presents the South County Jewish Film Festival. This is a weekly series of films on themes of Jewish interest, some American, some Israeli, with subtitles as appropriate. Following each film, the audience participates in discussion about various relationships and issues in the film just viewed. Refreshments and informal

Arts & Culture conversation round out the evening. For more information, please contact Beata Hulliger at 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net, or visit www. jewishcenterofvenice.org.

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RT America supports literacy for every man, woman and child in the United States. ORT volunteers realize this goal. For many years, the local ORT chapters have had book clubs for their own intellectual stimulation. A few years ago, a movie group was started. If you are interested in joining a warm group of people to discuss books and/or movies, put ORT on your to-do list. Come for one discussion or all of them. Please call to reserve a spot. SaraMana ORT has a Sunday evening movie group. For information, call Marsha Halpern at 941.907.3744 or Lynn Harris at 941.753.5548.

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Entertainment - Film/Variety talented young people perform as StuJewish Film Series “Live from NY’s dio Artists. They train as understudies ilms are shown in the Social Hall 92nd Street Y” for principal roles and actually perform of Temple Sinai from 3:00 - 5:00

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p.m. Films may be followed by discussion. There is no fee for this program. Dates are January 25, February 22, March 15 and April 26. Films to be announced. For more information, please call Temple Sinai at 941.924.1802 or visit www.templesinai-sarasota.org.

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SarasotaJnet is a community based e-mail list that has been set up to give people a way of communicating with each other, assisting each other, and keeping up with Jewish activities and events in Sarasota. Synagogues and Jewish organizations, many of which could not afford to publish event announcements in the Jewish News or in Sarasota newspapers, post events that they are having by simply sending one email that goes out to everyone. Individuals have asked the group for help in numerous ways, such as finding cleaning people and dentists, and selling theater tickets they can’t use. The results are astounding. People in the community really want to help. Jnet was set up, and is run, as a Jewish public service by Stanley Yudin, a resident of Sarasota, who recognized a need within our community and decided to fill it. Its primary function is helping to build community by increasing communication and sharing information within Sarasota’s diverse Jewish population. Now entering its fifth year, Jnet has become a fixture in the Sarasota Jewish community. There is no cost to join Jnet. Simply send a blank e-mail with your first and last name in the subject line to join@sarasotajnet.org.

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he 92nd Street Y in New York City has been home to the American Conversation for over 136 years, providing a platform for civic and civil dialog among the greatest thinkers, leaders and artists of our times. According to President Bill Clinton, “It’s where people come to hear what’s really going on, not the sound bites.” Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key (TBI) brings to the area the “Live” experience through simulcasts of the events. TBI displays the program on an 8’ x 15’ screen in its sanctuary, creating an engaging audio/visual experience. The program, spearheaded by June Stern, is made possible through the generous support of the Rabbi Sanford E. Saperstein Memorial Fund and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. Cost is just $5 for non-members; free for TBI members. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the simulcasts begin at 8:00. Contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org for more information.

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ach February, the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel welcomes Sarasota Opera for Opera Night. This year, Opera Night will be held on February 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The perennially popular event features the Student Artists from the Sarasota Opera Association, who perform classical and light opera selections along with a few Broadway favorites. The Sarasota Opera Association is recognized as one of the country’s leading training grounds for young performers. Its Apprentice Program receives hundreds of applications annually for the limited 24 positions. From this group, 12 of the most advanced and

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in principal roles, when necessary. Reserved seating is available for Sponsors at $50 per seat. Unreserved general admission tickets cost $25. Seating is limited to 300 and early ticket purchases are advisable. Contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org for more information.

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he Women of Sinai sponsor monthly programs, which are open to the public as well as its members. The price for each meal is $12 for members and $16 for guests. All events take place at Temple Sinai. RSVP to Joanne Trachtenberg at 941.922.0715. The programs are: January 12 at 5:30 p.m. Women of Sinai Light Supper Speaker: Jay Handelman, Entertainment reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Catering by Zildjian Catering February 3 at noon Women of Sinai Luncheon The Sarasota Mandolin Ensemble featuring Ethel Altman Catering by Broccolini’s Restaurant March 3 at noon Women of Sinai Luncheon Book review and discussion with Rabbi Huntting Catering by Marcia Weil and Maxine Pintchuck April 7 at noon Women of Sinai Luncheon Musical presentation by vocalist Sharon Ohrenstein Catering by Simply Gourmet May 5 at noon Women of Sinai Luncheon Manatee Players with selections from Singin’ in the Rain Caterer to be determined

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he Books and Brown Bag Bunch, hosted by Beth Israel Women (BIW), is a popular book club that meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to review and discuss books with Jewish content (book selections are available in the Temple Beth Israel Library). Each member brings lunch in a paper bag. The BIW provides coffee and dessert. The result is delightful camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and insights into the many facets of Jewish experience the world over. Co-Chairs are Gloria Sabin and Linda Berliner. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org. Or visit www.tbi-lbk.org.

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ourishment for your mind and your body! The Book group meets in participants’ homes once a month on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A half-hour of socializing and sharing the delicious food prepared by the host or hostess is followed by a book discussion led on a rotating basis by the members. Books by Israeli and Jewish authors from around the world, as well as books on subjects relevant to Jews, Israel and Judaism are included. Membership is not required and there is no fee to participate. Your commitment to both participate in and lead discussions is your ticket of admission. Call the office at 941.244.2042 for information on the next meeting.

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child in the U.S. ORT volunteers realize this goal. For many years, the local ORT chapters have had book clubs for their own intellectual stimulation. If you are interested in joining a warm group of people to discuss books, please call to reserve a spot. The GulfsidePalm ORT chapter has a Tuesday morning book club and a Wednesday morning book club. For information about the Tuesday morning book club, call Marcia Frankel at 941.926.2726 or Linda Klafter at 941.922.9001. For information about the Wednesday morning book club, call Lila Feldman at 941.359.3682. The SaraMana ORT chapter has a Tuesday evening book club. For information, call Gail Shaivitz at 941.907.9822.

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emple Beth Sholom’s Idelson Library offers a lively Book Review and Discussion. This program is held in the Library at 1:15 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are sponsored by the Men’s Club. Upcoming discussions include: January 5: Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, to be led by Marshall Bernstein February 2: America’s Prophet by Bruce Feiler, to be led by Dr. Phillip Warren March 2: All Other Nights by Dara Horn, to be led by Judy Lebowich Anyone interested in reading and discussing these books is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Sholom Office at 941.955.8121. Librarian Sylvia Firschein organizes this event.

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Congregation Ner Tamid Says “Yes!” To Jews of all backgrounds.

“Yes” to Torah ethics. “Yes” to charitable acts. “Yes” to interfaith families. “Yes” to bimah participation for women and men.

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ponsored by Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) Sisterhood, the Book Club meets monthly to discuss books on themes of interest to women, often featuring Jewish topics, situations and relationships. The discussions are very open-ended and lively, with the role of moderator rotating among the participants. For more information, please contact Beata Hulliger at 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net, or visit www. jewishcenterofvenice.org.

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Women’s Passover Celebration Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Michaels On East at 6:00 pm Featuring singer/songwriter:

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ourneys of the Spirit Friday night’s topic is “What is true wealth?: Is it really money?” While Judaism certainly appreciates the accumulation of financial wealth, we also follow the axiom, “Who is wealthy? One who is content with his portion.” How do we become content? That is the search for true wealth. Shabbat morning’s topic is “Spiritual Aging: What do our grandchildren know about our grandparents?” In this interactive program, we will discover ways to bring the generations together, utilizing modern technology so that our grandchildren are excited to learn about our family origins. Sunday morning, we conclude our journey with a look at “Spiritual Health: Jews and the Earth.” While not strictly an environmental study, we will examine how we can reconnect with the land. Jews are historically connected to the earth and Judaism is an earth-based faith. Urbanization has broken that link; once we restore that connection, we will be much stronger. For more information, please contact Nita Ettinger at 941.921.5783 or nitaett@verizon.net. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, January 14: Shabbat Dinner 6:00 p.m. - $18 members; $23 non-members; Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 15: Interactive presentation 10:00 a.m.; Kiddush Luncheon noon - $8 members; $10 non-members Sunday, January 16: Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - $5 members; $7 non-members Sponsorships are available for $136 and include all meals for a family of four.

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radle Freidenreich is author of Passionate Pioneers, The Story of Yiddish Secular Education in North America 1910-1960. Published in 2010, it is the first study of this important and creative movement in American Judaism that was largely forgotten in the process of the takeover of Jewish education by synagogues as Jews left the cities and moved to the suburbs. Ms. Freidenreich, who has had an outstanding career in education both in the U.S. and in Israel, will speak on Friday night and Saturday morning. Call 941.244.2042 or visit www.congkh.org for details.

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cholar-In-Residence, Rabbi Adam Chalom, Dean - North America, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, will present four lectures during the weekend of January 14 to 16 at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. His topic is “Isaac and Ishmael – Jews & Arabs Then and Now.” Jews and Muslims have had a complicated relationship from the very beginning. Today it is marked by fear, hatred and misunderstanding; but it was not always so. Centuries of coexistence have been hidden by decades of conflict. What is the true history of Jewish life under Islam? Why is the situation so dire today and what does the future hold? Rabbi Chalom is one of the leaders of Humanistic Judaism, with a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies from the Univ. of Michigan. He serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, January 14: 7:30 p.m.: Shabbat celebration and Opening Session (free) Saturday, January 15: 10:00 a.m. noon: “Cooperation from Mohammed to Muslim Spain” ($15); 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: “Challenges from Medina to Modern Times” ($15) Sunday, January 16: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: “Jews and Muslims in the Modern World” ($15) All sessions available for a total of $40. Register by January 3. Contact Sasha or Joan Koulish at 941.359.9703 or send your check payable to CHJ to Mr. and Mrs. S. Koulish, 6503 Virginia Crossing, University Park, FL 34201.

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emple Beth Israel’s Scholar-inResidence Program will feature Stephen M. Berk, from February 25-27. Berk is an accomplished professor and author. He teaches History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, is former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies, and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882, which deals with anti-Semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Professor Berk’s weekend program will include: Friday, February 25: 8:00 p.m.: “Herzl’s Dream of Statehood in 1948” Saturday, February 26: 10:00 a.m.: “Statehood 1948 to the Present Day” Sunday, February 27: 9:30 am.: Breakfast followed by “What Does the Future Hold in Store?” Temple Beth Israel’s Scholar in Residence Program is free and open to the public. A fee will be charged for breakfast. For more information, contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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emple Beth Israel’s Scholar-inResidence Program will host Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., from April 1-3. Rabbi Panken is an Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he has taught since 1995, and served as Dean from 1998-2006. Rabbi Panken’s talks will revolve around the central theme: “Myths, Magic and Mysticism: Judaism Beyond the Rational.” SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, April 1: 8:00 p.m.: “Confronting Myth and Magic” Saturday, April 2: 10:00 a.m.: “In Search of the Secret Meaning of Biblical Text” This Scholar in Residence Program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida Unique beginning

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Naples is unique in that it grew out of a classroom exhibit created by local students studying the Holocaust. Today, the Museum is a not-forprofit organization hosting between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors annually with outstanding educational programs that reach students in its six-county area.

Education mission

The Museum teaches the history and lessons of the Holocaust to promote respect for others and to help offset hatred and bigotry in today’s world. Age-appropriate programs are available for students in kindergarten through university, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers. Museum field trips and outreach programs provide a wide variety of programs, including presentations by Holocaust survivors and concentration

camp liberators; displays about Holocaust history and more current genocides; the Boxcar Transportation & Education Project; and many more.

Visits

Visitors to the Museum participate in either docent-led or self-guided tours of the chronologically arranged exhibit, starting with Germany before the war, and moving to the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust, Liberation, and the Nuremberg trials. The Museum houses a large number of related photos and artifacts. An extensive lending library is available to members. Private group tours are arranged during the time the Museum is closed to the public.

Support

The Museum relies solely on memberships, donations and grants for its

existence. There are many opportunities to support the Museum and to become a volunteer. Visit the Museum’s website at www.hmswfl.org.

Location and hours

The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail N. (US 41) just south of Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. all days except Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call 239.263.9200 or visit www.hmswfl.org.

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a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows while the 1929 building contains Jewish art exhibits. The core MOSAIC exhibit shows how Jews maintained their traditions and communities as they contributed to develop the state. Changing temporary exhibits focus on themes of Jewish history, art and culture—each with a Florida connection. Jewish history time

lines, films, Museum Store, Bessie’s Bistro, Collections and Research Center, a schedule of public programs that complement exhibit themes and guides complete the experience. Annual programs include Florida Jewish History Month and Jewish American Heritage Month (both initiated by the Museum), Purim events, Judaica Competitions and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards. Open 10 to 5 every day except Mondays and civil and Jewish holidays. For more information: Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, 305.672.5044 x3180 or mzerivitz@jewishmuseum.com Website: www.jewishmuseum.com 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Calendar of live events at local theaters featuring Jewish performers or themes January 2011

13-30 Hairspray – A musical with music by Marc Shaiman. (www.manateeplayers.com) 26 - March 19 Race – A provocative new legal drama by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Mamet. (www.floridastudiotheatre.org)

Asolo Repertory Theatre 555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 941.351.9010 www.asolorep.org Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 941.366.9000 www.floridastudiotheatre.org Manatee Players, Inc. 102 12th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205 941.748.0111 www.manateeplayers.com The Players Theatre 838 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941.365.2494 www.theplayers.org Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941.953.3368 www.vanwezel.org Venice Theatre 140 West Tampa Ave. Venice, FL 34285 941.488.1115 www.venicestage.com

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28 After 17 months of standing ova14 Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress tions for Golda’s Balcony on Broadway, Casual – The Emmy-winning TV star Tovah Feldshuh brings her award-winand Tony-winning Broadway legend ning, riveting and deeply moving porwill present an evening of story and trait to the Van Wezel. (www.vanwezel. song for that special Valentine of yours! org) Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. (www.vanwezel.org) 15 The King & I – Music by Richard Rodgers, book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins. (www.venicestage.com)

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1 - May 14 Deathtrap by Ira Levin – A devilishly clever, suspense-filled thrill ride from a masterful mystery writer. (www.asolorep.org)

17 ’S Wonderful, The New Gershwin Musical is an all-singing, all-dancing musical revue celebrating the genius

14 A Chorus Line – Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Music composed by Marvin Hamlisch. (www.vanwezel.org)

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of George & Ira Gershwin, filled with their great legendary music.

17-27 Rumors by Neil Simon – Four snazzy upper class couples converge for an anniversary gathering at the home of the deputy mayor of New York – but wait! The host appears to have shot himself in the ear, their hostess is missing, and the events must be hidden from the outside world – particularly the investigating police. Neil Simon’s sure hand with witty dialogue ensures that the wisecracks are plentiful in this farce. (www.theplayers.org)

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10-20 The Producers is a 2001 musical play adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name. The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. (www.theplayers.org)

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10-22 The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. (www.venicestage.com) 9 - June 15 Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, a musical play, directed by Joel Zwick. Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; Text by Hershey Felder; In his worldrenowned “play with music,” Felder brings to life the spirit and talent of the American composer and pianist, leading audiences through the fascinating rhythms of Gershwin’s legendary songbook, while telling the tale of his tragically short life. (www.asolorep.org)

For a calendar of major Jewish Federation community events plus select events from area synagogues and organizations open to the entire community, please see pages 104 - 108.

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nat Hoffman will present “Women of the Wall” at Temple Beth Israel on January 23. Anat Hoffman is a major leader for social justice in Israel, known for her commitment and tenacity. She was born and raised in Jerusalem and served in the Jerusalem City Council for 14 years, leading the opposition to the right wing and ultra-Orthodox administration. She was a founding member of Women of the Wall and continues to be a tireless advocate for freedom of religion and women’s rights. In 2002, Anat Hoffman became the executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. IRAC’s goals are to promote the values of religious pluralism, human equality, social justice and religious tolerance in Israel, and to strengthen the public standing of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (Reform), its congregations and institutions. For more information, contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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habad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch’s dynamic Jewish Women’s Circle (JWC) is designed for the contemporary woman and aims to unite all Jewish women in Manatee County through exciting and educational events and activities. The JWC is comprised of women of diverse affiliations and backgrounds who join together under the umbrella of Chabad to have a good time, explore Jewish themes, and to work together to create and enhance community projects. The group sponsors a variety of programs including a monthly Lunch & Learn, a new Women & Wisdom Bat Mitzvah group, and various other special women’s events such as holiday gatherings and social outings centered around Jewish themes. Highlighting its yearly activities is the JWC’s annual Spa for the Soul, a gala evening celebrating the Jewish woman. Proceeds of the JWC membership go to the Sunshine Committee, a branch of the JWC which sends flowers, gift baskets and food to those less fortunate in an effort to inject some sunshine into their lives. Chabad Women’s Circle provides an opportunity to bring together women with divergent points of view, backgrounds and affiliations in an atmosphere of friendship. For more information about the Jewish Women’s Circle, please contact Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadofbradenton.com.

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he Jewish Women’s Circle gatherings provide you the opportunity to relax and socialize while you explore both the practical and mystical aspects of your heritage. It’s a time when women can shmooze, laugh and enjoy a night out just for them! Through innovative workshops, lectures and creative activities, participants of the Women’s Circle explore contemporary Jewish issues and discuss subjects related to their Jewish tradition. Some of the exciting activities for 2011 include creating mosaic challah boards, learning how to make sushi, and a drum circle. The beauty of the Women’s Circle is that women from all parts of the Jewish spectrum come together in a warm and inviting setting to share and celebrate their Jewish experiences. The Women’s Circle has been a great opportunity for women in the community to get to know one another and form close personal bonds with their Jewish neighbors in a warm and inviting setting. For more information, contact Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or Rivka@chabadofvenice.com.

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warm, friendly congregation, Temple Emanu-El invites you to experience the joy, spirituality, and vitality of Judaism. Engaging, meaningful programs; welcoming, committed members; and a wonderful Rabbi make Temple Emanu-El an exciting center of Jewish life in SarasotaManatee. Temple Emanu-El’s Friday evening services are a perfect way to celebrate Shabbat among friends. Spiritual, meaningful services are conducted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman (who also serves as President of the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association) and the acclaimed Temple Choir. Monthly family services welcome all ages with lively music and joyful worship. During the summer months, services are followed by relaxed, happy Shabbat dinners. Special services – including Veterans Shabbat, Martin Luther King Shabbat, and the unique and exhilarating musical Shabbat Alive! – are held throughout the year. With members from infants to seniors, Temple Emanu-El embraces all. The innovative “Temple Mishpucha”

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program creates bonds across the generations; a wonderful slate of family programs – including monthly Tot Shabbats and frequent special events – and a vibrant preschool and religious school help Jewish and interfaith parents instill a joyful, meaningful Jewish identity in their children; and the active, enthusiastic Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Social Action Committee, Rabbi Brenner Glickman with Torah and Adult Education Committee oversee an abundance of original programs for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. TEMPLE EMANU-EL From fascinating classes to adult 151 McIntosh Road B’nai Mitzvah study, from interfaith Sarasota, FL 34232 dinners to Mitzvah Day, from cook• Telephone: 941.371.2788 offs to family beach picnics, from get• Email: ting-to-know-you luncheons to men’s bonnie@sarasotatemple.org night out, from holiday celebrations to • Website: reaching out to those in need, Temple www.templeemanuelsarasota.org Emanu-El offers endless opportunities • Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman for learning, socializing, worshipping, • Movement/Affiliation: Reform celebrating, and supporting one an• Organizations: Sisterhood, other Jewishly. Brotherhood There is a place for everyone at • Services: Shabbat, holidays, Temple Emanu-El! family services, Tot Shabbat, Blessing of the Animals, Shabbat Alive! • Special Programs/Features: Preschool and Summer Camp, Religious School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Adult Education, Adult B’nai Mitzvah, Social Action, Mitzvah Day, Interfaith Programs, Salons of Jewish Rona Shays and Frank Schaal enjoy time Learning, Outreach together at Temple Emanu-El

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emple Sinai, a vibrant Reform yy The Temple Sinai Religious School Jewish congregation, is a memprovides outstanding religious and ber of the Union for Reform Hebrew education from grades Judaism, and has served the SarasotaK-10, Consecration, B’nai Mitzvah, Manatee community since 1991. TemConfirmation and opportunities for ple Sinai represents the great diversity high school students to be involved of today’s Jewish world. in Jewish congregational life. Friday night and Saturday morn- yy Temple Sinai junior and senior ing Shabbat services are conducted by youth groups are proud to be afRabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Hazzan filiated with NFTY (North Ameri(cantor) Cliff Abramson. One Friday can Federation of Temple Youth) each month feaand enjoy many tures a special, musifun-filled educacal Rhythm & Jews tional and social Family Shabbat Seractivities. vice. The Religious Adult EducaSchool students oftion is a vital part of ten participate in temple life. In addiservices and Tot tion to weekly ToShabbat Services are rah Talk and Brown enjoyed by Temple Bag Lunch discusRabbi Geoffrey Huntting Sinai’s youngest sions with the rabbi, and Hazzan Cliff Abramson members and their Temple Sinai offers families. All major holidays are cele- a wide variety of classes, lectures and brated with festive services. films. The Scholar-in-Residence weekTemple Sinai prides itself on offer- end features a guest speaker providing ing programming geared to people of an in-depth exploration of a specific all ages and stages of life with Jewish topic. Learning at the core. Opportunities at Temple Sinai sisterhood, The Women of Sinai, boasts an intergenthe temple include: yy The Gan at Temple Sinai pre- erational membership. It operates the school is fully licensed, NAC ac- Judaica Shop, has monthly luncheons, credited, and is one of the premier and offers a variety of programs. The Temple Sinai Men’s Club proPreschools in Sarasota County.

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TEMPLE SINAI 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.924.1802 • Fax: 941.925.2455 • Email: office@templesinai-sarasota.org • Website: www.templesinai-sarasota.org • Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting • Hazzan Cliff Abramson • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: Women of Sinai, Men’s Club • Services: Shabbat and Holidays • Judaica Shop • Special Programs/Features: Preschool, Summer Day Camp, Religious School, Hebrew School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Adult Education, Youth Groups, Adult Choir, Social Action, Special Shabbat and Holiday Programs

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eligious and secular Jews living along Florida’s suncoast are blessed to have Temple Beth Israel (TBI) as their Center for Jewish Living. Nestled in a quiet enclave on picturesque Longboat Key, TBI’s tranquil setting belies the high energy and constant activities taking place just inside its doors and beyond. With Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz as its spiritual leader, TBI welcomes all who seek the inspiration of Jewish heritage. His warmth and appeal reflect the true nature of this kindhearted congregation. As a Reform temple, TBI strives to fulfill the classic purposes of a synagogue – as a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of assembly. TBI’s Men’s Club hosts a variety of programs, including lunches with the rabbi, the annual Shalom Again, and Opera Night at TBI. Beth Israel Women (BIW) produces holiday festival celebrations like “Break-the-Fast” after Yom Kippur and the monthly “Book and Brown Bag Bunch” book club. BIW operates the well-stocked Judaica Shop, and hosts a yearly Luncheon Fashion Show. Women On Our Own, (WOOO) plans trips, classes and programs that empower, educate and entertain this group of vital, active single women. As a temple that loves to learn, TBI offers diverse educational programming through its Rabbi Michael B.

Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism, it hosts the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and houses more than 4,000 books, videos and audio books, making it one of the largest temple libraries in the state. Outreach is another fundamental part of TBI life. No matter where the need comes from – within the congregation, within the Jewish community, secular community or beyond – you’ll find TBI members with open hands, open hearts and a willing spirit. Whether you’re new to the area or experiencing a new interest in Jewish life and lifestyles on Florida’s friendly coast, you’re always welcome at Temple Beth Israel.

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL 567 Bay Isles Road Longboat Key, FL 34228 • Telephone: 941.383.3428 • Fax: 941.383.9164 • E-Mail: info@tbi-lbk.org • Website: www.tbi-lbk.org • Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Membership: 400 families • Organizations: Beth Israel Women, Men’s Club, Women On Our Own • Services: Shabbat Eve 8 p.m.; Shabbat 10 a.m. • Judaica Shop • Library • Special Programs: Adult Education, Adult Choir, 92nd St. Y Simulcasts, Book Discussion Group, Lunch with the Rabbi, Mitzvah Week, Scholar-inResidence, Jewish Film Series, Outreach, Social/Cultural/ Community Events

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emple Beth Sholom (TBS), whose origins date back to 1913, is a dynamic, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue grounded in Jewish values, and focused on meeting the religious, educational and social needs of the community. Almost 50 years ago, the current campus on Tuttle Avenue began to take shape. Today, the Temple has over 700 members and has evolved into a premier Jewish cultural center, complete with a preschool, day school and religious school, as well as a Kosher catering facility and adult education programs. Temple Beth Sholom offers a daily minyan, as well as traditional Friday night and Saturday Shabbat services. In addition, Family Minyan, Minyan Shira, and Synaplex offer a variety of Shabbat service alternatives. At TBS, education is a top priority. Its campus sports a full-service Jewish Day School (K through 8th grade), as well as a large preschool, which are both accredited. Its Paver Religious School

uses Conservative guidelines to prepare students for their B’nai Mitzvah. Combined, these schools serve over 350 students. The Temple also sponsors a full range of youth group programs for children in grades 4-12. To satisfy a lifetime of learning, the Congregational Learning Program hosts several classes a week, including Hebrew, “What’s News?,” and Sunday morning seminars. Rabbi Joel Mishkin also hosts several Torah study classes throughout the week. Besides book and video loans, the Idelson Adult Library offers monthly book and film review discussions, as well as the popular “Interesting Lives” series. TBS operates a full Kosher catering kitchen. For meetings and special occasions, room rentals can accommodate from 12 to over 300 guests. Since 1932, TBS has owned the only all Jewish cemetery in the community, and offers availability to all Jews in the community. A very active Sisterhood sponsors many temple activities, has semi-monthly Rosh Chodesh and general meetings, manages a Judaica Shop, supports families during times of grief, and provides religious school scholarships. The Men’s Club supports the daily minyan and sponsors several social activities throughout the year. All in all, Temple Beth

Sholom is a very busy place, and confidently boasts its ability to have something Jewish for everyone. TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 1050 South Tuttle Avenue Sarasota, FL 34237 • Telephone: 941.955.8121 • Fax: 941.365.4099 • E-mail: info@templebethsholomfl.org • Website: www.templebethsholomfl.org • Rabbi Joel Mishkin • Hazzan Diane Nathanson • Movement/Affiliation: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Youth Groups • Services: Daily Minyan, 8:00 a.m. Sunday-Friday; Shabbat Eve 7:45 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 9:00 a.m. • Cemetery • Judaica Shop • Idelson Adult Library • Special Programs/ Features: Kosher Catering, Adult Education, Havurot, Goldie Feldman Academy, Preschool, Religious School, Congregational Learning, Family and Tot Shabbat Services, Intergenerational Shabbat Dinners, Lifecycle Events

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he Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) welcomes all Jews, interfaith families, and others interested in Judaism. Independent and unaffiliated with any national Jewish movement, the JCV uses Mishkan Tefilah, the new Reform prayerbook. Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Daniel Krimsky and Cantor Marci Vitkus, feature individual vocal, choral and instrumental music with traditional and modern melodies. Following weekly Friday night services, the congregation

enjoys conversation, coffee and desserts at the Oneg Shabbat. All Jewish holiday traditions are observed. Family-children’s services are held regularly. The modern building houses a sanctuary, social hall, professionally-staffed religious school, full-service kitchen, Judaica shop and library. JCV’s spacious campus includes a beautiful Memorial Park. Social, cultural and volunteer programs abound at the JCV. The Social Committee organizes outings, gatherings, holiday parties and special events, such as this fall’s Gala Celebra-

tion of the JCV 30th anniversary. The Adult Education Department presents a dynamic lecture series covering the arts, humanities, current events, music and film, along with Torah and Hebrew studies. Sisterhood offers varied women’s interest programs plus Book Club and Lunch Bunch. “Crafty Mavens” members create original needlework projects, teach fabric arts, and sew Mi Shebeirach prayer quilts for congregants in need of healing. “Yiddish Vinkele” members enjoy reading, jokes and conversation in the mamaloschen. The JCV Klezmer Band jams on Sunday and performs regularly. Hundreds of JCV volunteers produce the JCV Jewish Food Festival, a highly anticipated annual “happening” in February, where several thousand guests enjoy Kosher-style food, flea market, door prizes and family fun. SOS, meals and support service for the elderly, and Mitzvah Committee, are other popular volunteer activities. JCV also participates in educational and social action projects with other faith groups in the Venice area. All are invited to visit the Jewish Center of Venice.

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JEWISH CENTER OF VENICE 600 N. Auburn Road Venice, FL 34292 • Telephone: 941.484.2022 • E-Mail: jcvenice@verizon.net • Website: www.jewishcenterofvenice.org • Rabbi Daniel Krimsky • Cantor Marci Vitkus • Movement/Affiliation: Unaffiliated, inclusive • Membership: 300 members • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Breakfast, Chavurot • Services: Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; First Friday of the month with choir and music; Saturday mornings and Havdalah services as scheduled • Cemetery • Judaica Shop • Library • Special Programs: Religious School, Judaica and Hebrew classes, Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation Adult Education, Jewish Food Festival, Film Festival, Choir, Crafty Mavens, Yiddish Vinkele, Mitzvah Committee, Senior Outreach Service, Adult Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah Classes, Mah Jongg Tournaments, Klezmer Band, Pot-luck Shabbats

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family. Interfaith? Non-traditional? Everyone is warmly welcomed. 3. Jewish Education Certified teachers make the Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School hands-on and friendly. Best of all for busy families, it meets twice-monthly. After Bar Mitzvah, kids come back – which says it all.

4. Bar and Bat Mitzvah for Children and Adults Girls and boys, women and men, are individually prepared to read from the Torah and lead services. There are equal Torah honors for everyone – male, female, interfaith – and no one is excluded. 5. The Spiritual Uplift of Meaningful Worship You’ll love the pleasing blend of Hebrew and English and the mix of traditional and modern customs, in an atmosphere of kavanah – thoughtful, focused attention. Everyone participates at a personal comfort level. The portable Ark, the Torah scroll, the Shabbat candles, the shofar – each gives special meaning to Jewish prayer and meditation. Says one member, “It’s not boring. I know what’s going on. I love it.” 6. Social Action - Tikkun Olam Ner Tamid partners with local and national groups. You’ll find your niche and know you’ve made a difference in the world. 7. Holidays and Life Cycle Events From High Holy Days through Shavuot and every holiday in between, Ner Tamid is there for you… and you can do it all with an AFFORDABLE, established congregation that understands that budgets are tight and times are tough.

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CONGREGATION NER TAMID 3817 40th Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 10261 Bradenton, FL 34282 • Telephone: 941.755.1231 • E-Mail: shalom@nertamidflorida.org • Website: www.nertamidflorida.org • Rabbinic Advisor: Rabbi Barbara Aiello • Service Leader: Rena Morano • Movement/Affiliation: Unaffiliated • Services: Shabbat, Holidays, Yom HaShoah • Special Programs/Features: Sunday School, Social Action, Teen & Adult B’nai Mitzvah, Weddings, Baby Namings, Hospital Visits, Memorial Services, Funerals, Shabbat Across America and Canada, Book Discussion Group, Potluck Dinner & Movie Nights, Havdalah, Community Passover Seder, Teen Shabbat, Purim Extravaganza, Chanukah Game Night, Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli Dinner & Dance

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emple Beth El is a Reform con- ton Chanukah Menorah lighting. Education and learning are temgregation welcoming Jews of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles ple priorities. The Religious and Heand levels of observance. The congrega- brew School program is designed for tion began in 1974 when a small group children from kindergarten through of families came together to serve the seventh grade and includes Bar/Bat Jewish community and help nurture a Mitzvah preparation. Trained teachJewish presence in Manatee County. ers and talented congregants infuse the visual and performTemple Beth El has its ing arts into the curown building on the riculum through the beautiful Unity Church “Judaism through the campus and enjoys acArts” program. cess to walking trails, a gymnasium and a 500Adult learning opportunities include seat auditorium for Hebrew classes, lispecial events. turgical music/trope The synagogue ofCantor Alan Cohn classes, seasonal shofar fers inspiring and parand Rabbi Harold Caminker classes, and the Rabbi’s ticipatory Friday night services, Saturday morning services “February Mini-Series.” The Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and with dynamic Torah discussion, and monthly Havdalah under the direction Social Activities Committee are inteof Rabbi Harold Caminker, D.D. and gral parts of temple life. The Sisterhood Cantor Alan Cohn. All major holidays oversees sponsorship of the weekly are celebrated. The community also Oneg and Kiddush, participates in holds an annual Passover seder and various fundraising events and holds sponsors an annual downtown Braden- monthly social/business meetings. The Men’s Club also meets monthly and sponsors a monthly Sunday morning discussion group, the annual Purimspiel Barbecue and a yearly Beach Barbecue. The Social Activities Committee plans and holds many events that bring the community together for fun. The temple is a member of Mazon (a Jewish response to hunger). Other

outreach programs include cooperation with the Jewish prison chaplain and such interfaith efforts as collecting clothing for local migrant workers, collecting food for a local food bank, and conducting an interfaith Passover seder. Temple Beth El is proud to continue its rich congregational history while creating a new spirit to propel the synagogue into the future for generations to come. TEMPLE BETH EL BRADENTON 4200 32nd Street West Bradenton, FL 34205 • Telephone: 941.755.4900 • Fax: 941.755.2023 • E-Mail: tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com • Website: www.templebethelbradenton.com • Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, D.D. • Cantor Alan Cohn • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Social Activities Committee • Services: Shabbat Eve 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat 10 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education, Religious/ Hebrew School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation, Outreach

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habad of Sarasota and Mana- children. For adults, the Jewish Learntee Counties is a traditional ing Institute (JLI) annually provides synagogue where Jews of all three courses on contemporary issues, backgrounds are welcome. Chabad of Kabbalah classes meet Wednesday Sarasota’s success is based on the fact mornings at 10:15 a.m., and the Tothat Chabad is not a particular brand of rah Portion class is held on Saturdays Judaism. It’s an outlook. at 9:30 a.m. For children, Chabad ofUnder the leaderfers the Weinstein Reliship of Rabbi Chaim gious School and Torah and Sara Steinmetz, who For Teens, which meet on founded the synagogue Wednesday afternoons. in 1990, along with PresChabad’s Kaplan Preident Dr. Barry Stein and school offers a Jewish atBoard members, Chamosphere for children bad fulfills the vision of ages 2-5; registration is the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ongoing throughout the to love every Jew, eduyear. cate every Jew and reach The men’s club (Club out to every Jew, regard770) and N’shei Chabad Sara and Rabbi Chaim less of background. Women provide an array Steinmetz Shabbat services are of social and educational held Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Satur- programming. days at 10:00 a.m. A delectable Oneg Throughout the year, Chabad proShabbat follows each service. Daily vides numerous holiday observances, including High Holiday services, Minyanim are held at 8:00 a.m. Chabad offers a variety of edu- Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivities, cational opportunities for adults and Chanukah Food Festival at Five Points Park, Lag B’omer beach party, the annual Comedy Central @ Chabad, and creative Purim and Shavuot celebrations. In addition, Chabad has created and implemented programs that serve the community at large, including family/ individual counseling,

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Religious Life hospital visitation, the Jewish Art Calendar (distributed free of charge to the entire community), Camp Gan Israel, Chevra Kadisha for Jewish burial, the Chabad Gardens Cemetery, free mezuzah check-up and placement, and a women’s community Mikvah. All are welcome to join any of Chabad’s services or programs. Membership is NOT required. Chabad of Sarasota is a place where all Jews are family. CHABAD OF SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES 7700 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 • Telephone: 941.925.0770 • E-Mail: info@chabadofsarasota.com • Website: www.chabadofsarasota.com • Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz • President: Dr. Barry Stein • Organizations: Men’s Club 770, N’shei Women’s Group, Torah 4 Teens • Services: Daily and Shabbat • Cemetery • Judaica Shop • Special Programs/Features: Religious School, Preschool, Camp Gan Israel, Jewish Learning Institute, Wednesday Morning Kabbalah, Free Mezuzah Placement & CheckUp, Community Mikvah, Hospital Visits, Chevra Kadisha

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ongregation Kol HaNeshama (KH) speaks to spirituality, passion, community and nurturing your Jewish soul. Reconstructionist Judaism doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but openly wrestles with the questions contemporary Jews ask! Kol HaNeshama was founded in 2007 by a group of families seeking a more relaxed, participatory and intentional Jewish experience in Sarasota; an experience where each person matters. KH thoughtfully applies modern insight to the past, reconstructing tradition and creating new practices to enhance the lives of participants. KH is pioneering a new format for Jewish education Rabbi this year, teachDr. Goldie Milgram ing families to incorporate Jewish practice into their lives by celebrating Shabbat together and participating in monthly Sunday morning activity workshops. Bar and Bat Mitzvah training is personalized for each child’s interests and abilities,

making the experience meaningful for the whole family. KH loves the sound of young voices and welcomes children attending services with their parents. KH celebrates Shabbat together every week. Lively, musical Friday night services alternate with Shabbat mornings, highlighted by congregational discussion of the contemporary message of the weekly reading. “Lunch and Learn” gatherings in homes include a short service and focus on teaching and discussion. Jennifer Singer Shabbat dinners, Scholar-in-Residence, Jewish Meditation, Adult Education, Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Community Service and Book Group round out the program. KH is led by Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, noted author and educator, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, who also received ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of Jewish Renewal. KH’s Education Director, Jennifer Singer, MAJE, is well known

and highly respected in the Sarasota community. KH welcomes individuals and families of varying Jewish lifestyles, marital status, gender, race and sexual orientation to our community. No one is ever excluded from a KH activity for financial reasons. CONGREGATION KOL HaNESHAMA Services are held at: South Gate Community Center 3145 Southgate Circle Sarasota, FL 34239 • Telephone: 941.244.2042 • Email: info@congkh.org • Website: www.congkh.org • Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram • Services led by Jennifer Singer • Movement/Affiliation: Reconstructionist • Services: Friday night 6:30 p.m.; Shabbat 10 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Jewish Book Group, Women’s Rosh Chodesh, Scholar-inResidence, Lunch & Learn Torah Study, Jewish Meditation, Family Education, Adult Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Preparation, Social Action

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habad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch is an organization that provides social, educational, recreational and religious programming. Chabad is a place where every Jew, affiliated or unaffiliated, observant or non-observant, can come and feel comfortable. It welcomes each and every Jew regardless of educational background or affiliation. Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet, spiritual leaders of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, established the Chabad in August 2004. They carried the Lubavitcher Rebbe, OBM’s, message of unconditional love to every Jew. Today, Chabad boasts a multitude of programs, each geared to specific populations within the Jewish community. Chabad has services on the first Friday of the month, as well as weekly Shabbat services followed by a Kiddush luncheon.

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Chabad’s thriving Hebrew School services the growing young families of Manatee County. Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) for Teens and monthly Friday Night Live dinners ensure that teens are still enthused about Judaism. Its Jewish Women’s Circle includes various social and educational events. Its Men’s Club provides men with a social opportunity to network and unwind in a Jewish setting.

Holiday programs are always a big deal at Chabad. Themed and international, large and small, Chabad organizes a variety of creative and exciting programs for each holiday. Following the guidance of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Mendy and Chanie know it is not enough to worry about the spirituality of the Jewish community but to ensure that the physical needs of every Jew are fulfilled as well. To that end, Chabad’s Sunshine Committee, prison visitations, hospital visitations, crisis counseling and more, offer help at the time when it is most needed. Chabad has a wonderful community of warm, dedicated and friendly people who have found a home away from home. Chabad is truly a family.

Chanie and Rabbi Mendy Bukiet

CHABAD OF BRADENTON & LAKEWOOD RANCH 11509 Palmbrush Trail Bradenton, FL 34202 • Telephone: 941.752.3030 • Fax: 941.752.3838 • E-Mail: info@chabadofbradenton.com • Website: www.chabadofbradenton.com • Rabbi Mendy Bukiet • Organizations: Men’s Club • Services: Shabbat 9:30 a.m.; First Friday of the month 7:00 p.m. • Library • Special Programs/Features: Hebrew School, Adult Education, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Lessons, Jewish Women’s Circle, Jewish Learning Institute, JLI for Teens, Teen and Youth Programs, Speaker’s Bureau, Hospital and Nursing Home Visitations, Community Shabbat Dinners, Kitchen Koshering, Prison Visitations

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Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

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umanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines rational thinking with a celebration of Jewish culture and identity. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of a contemporary way of life. Humanistic Jewish communities celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon and go beyond traditional literature. Humanistic Judaism

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affirms that human beings possess the power and responsibility to shape their own lives, and that ethics and morality are not divine in origin but are human responsibilities. Humanistic Judaism is a worldwide movement. The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) of Sarasota-Manatee has meetings on a regular basis, usually with a dynamic speaker on today’s important issues. Among the many offerings are study groups (films, books, music, bible, wine, world news, games), social action activities and social events for members. High Holidays and Passover are celebrated as well as other traditional Jewish festivals and holidays. A Scholar-In-

Residence program, offering a weekend-long series of in-depth lectures, is featured every year. The Humanaires, the congregational non-professional membership chorus, usually performs once a month. Their repertoire consists of a broad range of Jewish music sung in the various languages of the Jewish people. The congregation was founded in 1996 and now has over 325 members. All people in the Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice area and beyond, who feel they want to share a Humanistic Jewish way of life within a warm, friendly congregation, are welcome. CHJ is affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the central body in North America, founded by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in 1963. Local affiliations include The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, OneCommunity, and the Synagogue Council. The congregation meets regularly on the first Saturday and the third Friday of each month in season, with special events in the summer months. The monthly newsletter, The CHJ Connection, is available online. CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM Unity Hall 3023 Proctor Road Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.929.7771 • Website: www.chj-sarasota.org • Madrikhim: Martin Kotch, Betty Pelletz • Services: September to May: 10:30 a.m. first Saturday; 7:30 p.m. third Friday • Special Programs: Special entertainment programs in the summer months

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Chabad of Venice & North Port

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habad of Venice and North Port is a warm, traditional and welcoming center, serving Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn more about their Jewish roots. Traditional Jewish values are brought to life in a joyous, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere. The Center embodies Chabad’s philosophy that every single Jew is dear and important to G-d. Under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Sholom Schmerling who, together with wife Rivka, formed the Chabad in 2005, Chabad of Venice and

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North Port fulfills the vision of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who encouraged his young disciples to bring the light and richness of Judaism to their fellow Jews and to their surroundings. Chabad of Venice offers a wide va-

riety of spiritual and educational opportunities for all segments of the Jewish community. They include adult education classes, Teen Club, Chabad’s Hebrew School, Camp Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, the Jewish Women’s Circle, hospital/home visitation, counseling, and a Jewish calendar (distributed free to the entire Jewish community of South Sarasota County). Throughout the year, Chabad provides numerous holiday observances, including High Holiday services, Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivities, lighting of giant Chanukah menorahs for the community, Passover seders, and creative Purim and Shavuot celebrations. Chabad transforms Jewish holidays into experiential opportunities for neighbors and friends to celebrate their common bonds without considering levels of observance, beliefs or knowledge. Shabbat services held each Saturday morning are traditional and conducted in a joyous and inviting atmosphere. The prayer book is bi-lingual and English readings are incorporated into the service. Children are included and welcome, though separate children’s services are offered. In addition, an in-depth Parsha class precedes the service. A large Kiddush/ luncheon always follows the Saturday

morning service. All are welcome to visit for any of the programs or services that are held. As the doors to the Chabad Jewish Center exclaim, this is a place “Where all Jews are Family.” There are no membership dues and the entire community is welcome. CHABAD OF VENICE & NORTH PORT 2169 S. Tamiami Trail Venice, FL 34293 • Telephone: 941.493.2770 • E-Mail: info@chabadofvenice.com • Website: www.chabadofvenice.com • Rabbi Sholom Schmerling • Organizations: Men’s Club 770, N’shei Women’s Group, Torah 4 Teens • Services: Shabbat morning services; First Friday Shabbat evening services • Special Programs/Features: Hebrew School, Jewish Learning Institute, Adult Education Classes, Shabbat Dinners, Holiday Programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Teen Club, Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Jewish Women’s Circle, Counseling and Hospital/Home Visits

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ynagogue Council of Sarasota/ Manatee Counties is the forum for free and open dialogue among its member congregations. This collective body of representatives from ten area congregations meets four times a year to discuss and handle ideas and problems of interest to affiliated Jews in our community. Each member synagogue is entitled to up to three representatives.

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Joel Kreiss, Treasurer. Synagogue Council sponsors the Annual Community-Wide Open House, which will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. They are also involved with funding and planning the Annual Yom HaShoah Remembrance in April. Look for updated information in the Jewish News and your mailbox.

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Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Center

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n 1977, some early Jewish settlers in North Port and Englewood decided the time had arrived to become a true religious congregation and they incorporated as The North Port Jewish Center. The founding families eventually bought several acres on Biscayne Drive in North Port and went about building a home for their congregation. As time passed, the decision to follow the practices of the Conservative movement and adopt the name of Temple Beth El was a natural progression. Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Center has had several religious leaders over the years. The current leader, Cantor Lyle Rockler, conducts all religious services, teaches classes and brings a strong commitment to the growth and

vitality of the synagogue. Holy Days and festivals are observed throughout the year. Chanukah festivities and Passover seders have become community events. Other functions such as Omelet Brunches, concerts, Purim plays, Lunch ‘n’ Learn and continuing education are also bringing in new participants. There is an active Sisterhood. The standing committees (Ritual, Membership, Fundraising, House and Grounds) are made up of dedicated and vibrant volunteers. Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Center prides itself on being warm, welcoming, inclusive, egalitarian, nurturing and Cantor Lyle Rockler supportive.

Congregants come from all parts of the world and have various backgrounds. In the last year, Cantor Rockler has guided four individuals in their desire for conversion to Judaism. The active new residents of South Sarasota and North Charlotte Counties find Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Center an affordable and friendly congregation that values the experience that each person brings. The synergy of new residents and existing members will carry the founders’ dreams for the temple well into the 21st century.

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TEMPLE BETH EL NORTH PORT JEWISH CENTER 3840 S. Biscayne Drive North Port, FL 34287 • Telephone: 941.423.0300 • Email: president@templebethel-np.org • Website: www.templebethel-np.org • Religious Leader: Cantor Lyle Rockler • Movement/Affiliation: Conservative/United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Services: Friday: Fall & Winter 7:30 p.m., Spring & Summer 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Shabbat Lunch & Learn, Adult Education, Holiday Programs, Shabbat Dinner, Omelet Brunch

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ble educational preparation, social services, and tuition assistance to remain in school and break the cycle of poverty and maintain the heritage of the Jewish people. Locally, there are over 600 men and women ORT supporters, divided among two chapters – GulfsidePalm and SaraMana. GulfsidePalm is a day chapter and SaraMana is an evening chapter. Besides participating in each chapter’s broad array of interesting monthly programs, members are involved in a variety of fundraising and community outreach activities. The biggest interchapter fundraiser is holiday gift wrapping at the major malls. For more information about the two local ORT chapters, contact:

Organizations Marlies Upton, GulfsidePalm President, 941.371.5522 Natalie Abrams, SaraMana co-President, 941.907.2011 Lynn Sacks, SaraMana co-President, 941.907.8907 Norm Marshak, Men’s Membership Coordinator, 941.739.0463 ORT America also has an office on the Federation campus at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota Andrew Polin, Associate Director Florida Gulf Region, 541.501.2090 or apolin@ortamerica.org

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the forefront of social change for 115 years. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. The Sarasota-Manatee Section is known for rewarding local community service projects that embrace the national organization’s mission to improve the lives of women, families and children in the U.S. and Israel. These volunteer programs include outreach for domestic and teenage-dating violence prevention and support of Hope House Women’s Shelter, children’s eye and hearing screening and referral, homework tutoring, Someone to Talk To (puppet show about child abuse prevention), scholarships for non-traditional students, and mentoring for scholarships. Advocacy and public affairs volunteers monitor state and federal legislation with an emphasis on health care and pro-choice rights, age-appropriate sex education in the schools, separation of church/state, and civil rights. The Annual Women in Power Luncheon in January honors local women who have improved the quality of life in the community, and helps to fund the community service projects. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September through April and feature noted speakers, Jewish-themed events and informative, enjoyable programs. Co-presidents of the local chapter are Barbara Berkowitz and Marge Ellin. For more information or to join, call: NCJW’s 24-hour answering service, 941.342.1855

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e held up a framed poster-size rendering of what seemed to be a stately elm whose abundant branches were in full and leafy summer glory. As he began to speak of his family, he passed the beautiful work of art among those in the audience. Faint but audible gasps could be heard as recognition of the tree’s true existence became clear. This was the speaker’s Family Tree. It had been planted at least four centuries ago. Each branch is a family; each leaf, an individual. The roots had settled in the Iberian Peninsula. The winds of time and circumstance had carried its seed to far corners of the globe. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. The Jewish Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 p.m. the third Sunday of each month, November through May, at Kobernick House. Many meeting attendees aspire to simply get started on the search for their ancestors, but soon find themselves caught up in the history of those who came before them. For more information, contact: Kim Sheintal, 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com Website: www.jgsswf.org

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continually operating Jewish service organization in the world. It was initially founded as the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith in New York City, on October 13, 1843, by Henry Jones and 11 others. B’nai B’rith is engaged in a wide variety of community service and welfare activities, including the promotion of Jewish rights and the State of Israel, assisting hospitals and victims of natural disasters, awarding scholarships to Jewish college students, sponsoring low-income senior housing, and opposing anti-Semitism through its Center for Human Rights and Public Policy. With nearly 100,000 members and supporters, B’nai B’rith International reaches more than 50 countries around the world to increase the welfare of resident Jews. Until 2001, B’nai B’rith sponsored the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), which is now BBYO, Inc. The M. Aurel Rosin Lodge was chartered in 1956 and thrived for many years as a cornerstone of Sarasota and Manatee Jewish life. Today it is known as the Florida Gulf Coast Lodge. Locally, B’nai B’rith partners with The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee to annually award three deserving college students a $500 scholarship paid directly to their college or university. At least one parent of the applicant must be a member in good standing of the Lodge. For more information, call: Programming/membership 941.302.4500

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he Sarasota Jewish Chorale is a group of 25+ singers with a unique repertoire of Jewish music sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Their music originates from Israeli, Chassidic, Middle Eastern and other cultures of the Diaspora. One goal of the Chorale is to share its musical heritage and Jewish identity with the greater Sarasota-Manatee community. The group was founded in 1999 by a few singers in the area who had been members of choruses before moving to this community. Now in its 12th year, the group sings primarily in 4-part harmony and performs in local schools, synagogues, churches and other public venues. Martha Kinney Kesler joined the Chorale in 2002 and has been instrumental in helping the group reach its current level of proficiency. Two pianists accompany the group, both retired music educators – Sybil Broh and Priscilla Shore. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Hecht School on the Federation campus. Singers of all ages and faiths are welcome. The season runs from November through May. For more information, contact: Susan Skovronek, 941.355.8011 Arlene Stolnitz, 941.492.6944 Website: www.sarasotajewishchorale.org

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oomers+ is a group of active adults, age 50 and over, who enjoy the camaraderie of others. The group, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, offers informal social events every few months, such as dinner, brunch or theater night. For more information, contact: Jaci Babin at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x102 or jbabin@jfedsrq.org

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ssociation of Professional Jewish Artists (APJA), a coalition of Jewish artists from various fields of art – visual, literary and performing, is a committee of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. APJA, an affinity based on common heritage and culture, fosters a united

focus of creative spirit. This group of multidisciplinary artists seeks to network, socialize, participate in community outreach, and present multimedia exhibitions and performances to all audiences. The APJA forum for all the arts, unique to Sarasota-Manatee, will foster an outgrowth of creative thinking. The members of APJA know that ideas come from everywhere. All can gain from the multiple facets of this creative and productive experience. APJA Members and Specialties Members of APJA participate in: • Fine Arts – painting, drawing, sculpture, print making, photography, film making • Fine Crafts • Commercial Art – graphic design, illustration, printing, architecture, interior design • Music – writing, performing • Writing – fiction, non-fiction, poetry • Performing Arts – direction, performance, production, dance • Arts Administration, Teaching, Therapy Ellen Goldberg Tishman founded APJA almost three years ago. As APJA facilitator, she arranges interesting programs throughout the year. If you would like to be included on the APJA e-mail distribution list, please contact: Kim Sheintal, klapshein@aol.com

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he SaBra Hadassah chapter has 900 members plus an Associate Group of 125 men and boys. Meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of the month in the afternoon. The Book Club meets in members’ homes on the first Thursday of every month. Special events are listed in their newsletter and on their website at www.SaBra.Hadassah. org. Hadassah is the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. It’s a group of 300,000 women around the world. Hadassah weaves together Zionism, Jewish education, health advocacy and social action. For more information, contact: Willie Walter, williehadassah@aol.com

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he Generations After group is an organization of descendants of Holocaust survivors whose mission is to raise awareness of the Holocaust and related issues, provide a Speaker’s Bureau for various topics on the Holocaust, and participate in community events and educational forums. The group, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, holds monthly meetings to provide members an outlet to share experiences and learn techniques to retell the stories of the Holocaust to family, friends and the community. For more information, contact: Orna Nissan at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org Website: www.generationafter.com

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collegial affiliation of congregational, organizational, and retired clergy, the SarasotaManatee Rabbinic Association (SMRA) enables local rabbis to forge professional relationships and friendships while enriching the religious life of the Jewish community. The SMRA holds monthly meetings at area synagogues and rabbis’ homes. Matters for discussion include everything from burial policies at local cemeteries to new mohels in town to issues of concern in Israel to topics for High Holy Day sermons! Representatives of local Jewish agencies and political figures are occasionally invited to address the rabbis at these meetings as well. Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El serves as President of the SMRA, with Temple Beth Israel’s

Rabbi Jonathan Katz as Vice President and Rabbi Larry Mahrer, who most recently served Temple Beth El in Bradenton, as Treasurer. Ongoing projects of the SMRA include monthly rabbinic visits and programming at Kobernick House SMRA Officers: Rabbi Jonathan Katz (Vice President), Rabbi and Anchin Pavilion; Brenner Glickman (President), Rabbi Larry Mahrer (Treasurer) educational activities, sometimes co-sponsored with The Faiths Food Bank and the Food Bank Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee; of Manatee. sponsorship of Israel Religious Action For more information, contact: Center director Anat Hoffman’s January Rabbi Brenner Glickman, 2011 visit to Sarasota; leadership in the SMRA President, annual Holocaust Remembrance Day bglickman@sarasotatemple.org service; and regular donations to All

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FED Singles, a new initiative of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, seeks to provide occasions for single adults of all ages to gather for social events, education, cultural programs and more. For more information, contact: Gisele Pintchuck at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org

he group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from October to April. Meetings are held at Temple Beth Sholom (in the Youth Lounge), 1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Activities include: Member education on available Jewish Veterans programs; volunteer program with Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the VA Hospital; placing flags on graves of Jewish Veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day; and coordinating with County Veterans organizations. For more information, contact: Stuart K. Krupkin, Commander, 941.342.3413 or skkrup@yahoo.com

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Organizations Special Interest Groups Parents of North Nashim L’Tova IMPACT Sarasota ashim L’Tova (Women for MPACT Sarasota was started by American Israelis Good) of The Jewish Federafour Jewish couples, all working

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eel more connected to your loved ones in Israel with Parents of North American Israelis (PNAI). This non-political, non-profit upbeat group is a bridge between families in the U.S. and children and grandchildren in Israel. Enlightening programs and annual holiday parties are held at Temple Beth Sholom at 1:00 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, February 6, March 20 (Purim party), April 10, May 8. Join in the fun and make new friends with mutual interests. For more information, contact: Harriet Joy Epstein, 941.342.1818 or hjesarasota@yahoo.com

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tion of Sarasota-Manatee offers educational, social and outreach events for women of all ages. Held each December, Women’s Day provides an opportunity for women to come together around a theme they can all relate to while enjoying an inspiring speaker and a delicious lunch. The Women’s Passover Celebration is a highly anticipated annual event that celebrates the Jewish holiday of Passover from the eye and perspective of women. For more information, contact: Ilene Fox at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x110 or ifox@jfedsrq.org

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professionals with young children, who were interested in getting together with their peers. With the support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, IMPACT offers a variety of programs designed to bring together the next generation of Jewish individuals, including holiday celebrations, social and business networking events, a basketball league, athletic events and more. For information about upcoming events, please contact: Gisele Pintchuck at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org Website: www.impactsarasota.com

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The Jewish Center of Venice An Independent Congregation

Rabbi Daniel Krimsky and Cantor Marci Vitkus welcome you to weekly Friday night services and Oneg Shabbat. We use the new Reform prayer book, enhanced with vocal, choral and instrumental music.

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We embrace Jewish diversity, welcome Jews of all backgrounds, interfaith families, and anyone interested in Judaism.

Our Religious School, grades K-8, is partially sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Curriculum includes Judaic studies, Hebrew instruction and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.

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JC (American Jewish Committee), established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity. Over 100 years later, AJC continues its efforts to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. Some key areas of focus for AJC are: • Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry • Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values • Supporting Israel’s quest for peace and security • Advocating for energy independence • Strengthening Jewish life

AJC’s approach, tackling a breadth of interests in a deliberate and diplomatic manner, contributes to a success that gains trust, earns access, and most importantly, produces results. AJC’s West Coast Florida Regional Office, located in Sarasota, is one of 26 Regional offices in the United States. In addition, AJC has offices in 20 foreign countries. For more information about AJC, please contact: Brian Lipton, Regional Director, 941.365.4955 or liptonb@ajc.org Website: www.ajc.org

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he Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and

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all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 30 Regional and Satellite Offices in the U.S. and abroad. Anti-Semitism in Florida is not a history lesson, it’s a current event. As the 9-1-1 for the Jewish community in Florida, the ADL Florida office serves as the primary resource for victims of anti-Semitism. The ADL Florida office delivers anti-bias education programs to educators and students; trains law enforcement about hate crimes; safeguards civil rights; confronts anti-Semitism on college campuses; provides security seminars to religious institutions; fields discrimination complaints; and advocates for Israel. For more information, contact: 561.988.2900 or florida@adl.org Website: www.adl.org

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Advocacy Groups and works with candidates for federal American Israel office, White House, Pentagon and State Department officials, and other Public Affairs policymakers whose decisions affect Committee Israel’s future and America’s policies in

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or more than half a century, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has worked to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong. From a small pro-Israel public affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC has grown into a 100,000-member national grassroots movement described by The New York Times as “the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel.” Political advocacy is one of the most effective ways in which AIPAC works to accomplish its mission. Each year, AIPAC is involved in more than 100 legislative and policy initiatives involving Middle East policy or aimed at broadening and deepening the U.S.Israel bond. AIPAC works to secure vital U.S. foreign aid for Israel to help ensure Israel remains strong and secure. AIPAC is working to promote strategic cooperation between the two nations, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist policies, and to share homeland security techniques and technologies. These efforts are critical to Israel’s security and to American interests in the Middle East and around the world. In addition to working closely with Congress, AIPAC also actively educates

the Middle East. For more information, contact: Eric Ross, AIPAC’s North & Central Florida Area Director, 954.295.3707 or ERoss@aipac.org Website: www.aipac.org

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he Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism; promotes human rights and human dignity; stands with Israel; defends the safety of Jews worldwide; and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Paris, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. The Center’s Southern office represents the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the Southern Region of the United States and promotes and supports the Center’s mission. The Southern office

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furthers the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s mission through outreach, education, social action and media projects. Extensive activities and programs are offered throughout the Southern Region including: • Tribute dinners honoring community leaders • Film premieres and screenings from the Center’s two-time Academy Award™-winning Moriah Films division • Special lectures and forums • Educational programs The Southern Region promotes the educational arms of the Simon Wiesenthal Center through its Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, Museum of Tolerance New York, and soon-to-be built Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. Funds raised by the Southern Region help support the critical work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and all of its divisions around the world. For more information, to get involved, or support its important work, please contact: Tamar Kohn Marks, Southern Region Director, 305.935.2280 or tmarks@wiesenthal.com Website: www.wiesenthal.com/southernus

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ith the popularity of its Blue Box campaign and tree planting drives, many forget that 100 years ago, Jewish National Fund (JNF) purchased the land that determined the borders of the modern State of Israel. After 1948, JNF helped create new communities in Israel so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home. Scientists at JNF R&D centers discovered drip irrigation and new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert. JNF took the leadership role during Israel’s water crisis, building over 200 reservoirs and water recycling centers, providing water to 1.5 million Israelis every day. JNF planted 240 million trees, created over 1,000 parks and recreational areas, built security

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Israel Connection roads, and educated students around American Friends the world about Israel, the environment, and their connection to the of The Hebrew Jewish homeland. Today, JNF is taking a leadership role in developing University and strengthening Israel’s final frontier—the Negev. Jewish National Fund is the central address for partnering with the land and people of Israel. Jewish National Fund. For Israel, forever. The Sarasota-Manatee area is served by the Northern Florida Regional Office. For more information, contact: Uri Smajovits, Regional Director, usmajovits@jnf.org Beth Glickman Morris, Campaign Executive, bmorris@jnf.org 727.536.5263 or 888.563.0099 Website: www.jnf.org Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life™ Award Dinner will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota.

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he Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by brilliant thinkers, among them Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud. Today, the university’s award-winning faculty of 1,100 includes Nobel and Israel Prize winners as well as leading scientists and scholars in every field of academic and research endeavor. Ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, Hebrew University generates more than one-third of Israel’s research. Its work encompasses cutting-edge pursuits such as biotechnology, interdisciplinary brain sciences and sustainable agriculture. This expertise is shared with countries worldwide. Hebrew University alumni include present and former Israeli Prime Ministers, the nation’s first female Supreme Court President and the majority of Supreme Court justices. The Hebrew University is also acclaimed for its unwavering commitment to multiculturalism, pluralism and the cause of peace. Each year, 23,000 students from throughout Israel and more than 50 countries engage in a community of dialogue and intellectual inquiry. American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU), a national nonprofit organization, has devoted close to nine decades raising awareness of, and support for, The Hebrew University in the U.S. AFHU supporters come from every part of our country and nurture Israel’s greatest asset: the intellectual strength of the nation’s people. For more information, contact: Monica Loebl, Executive Director, Southeast Region, 561.750.8585 or southeast@afhu.org Website: www.afhu.org

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journey through Israel uncovers abundant evidence of nation-building by means of Israel Bonds. On Israel’s Mediterranean coast, for example, lies the port of Ashdod, which enabled Israel to solidify its economy via exports to Europe and North America. Continuing up the coast is another outstanding example of the Bonds legacy – the Hadera power plant, helping Israel meet crucial energy needs. Turning inland past Haifa and its recently expanded port, Bonds-supported communities and industrial complexes will turn the Galilee into a major population area and center of cutting-edge hi-tech. Visible at its starting point near Lake Kinneret is one of Israel Bonds’ most historic projects – the National Water Carrier, a turning point in Israel’s

quest for agricultural self-sufficiency. A major beneficiary is the Negev. The arid region was dramatically altered by the National Water Carrier, and today, Israel Bonds continues to reshape the Negev by turning the once harsh landscape into a hospitable environment for families and industry. Returning north via Bonds-funded roads or rail lines, one arrives in Jerusalem. Soon, Jerusalem will be the site of the latest Bonds-assisted undertaking – an efficient new light rail system that will substantially ease congestion while transporting residents and tourists throughout the city. Golda Meir observed, “The central role in building our economic strength has been played by Israel Bonds.” Golda’s words were both appropriate and prophetic as, 60 years on, the Israel Bonds mission continues unabated.

The “Greater Florida” Israel Bonds office covers all of Florida except for Palm Beach, Miami/Dade and Broward Counties. For more information, please contact: Reva Azneer Pearlstein, Assistant Director, 727.539.6445, 800.622.8017 or reva.pearlstein@israelbonds.com Website: www.israelbonds.com

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Organizations American Technion Society

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n just a few short years, the American Technion Society (ATS) has become the go-to place in Southwest Florida for interesting, provocative lectures. ATS programs educate and inform the public on issues dealing with Technion, Israel, and the role of science and technology in the country’s future. Known as the MIT of Israel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is recognized as one of the world’s leading high-tech innovators. An amazing 85% of Israel’s workforce is employed by companies led by Technion graduates. Technion researchers are breaking ground in every important field of research, from medicine and communications to water and anti-terror technologies. This season, they will host visits from several of Technion’s top re-

Israel Connection searchers, including a rocket scientist, a leader in the fight against autoimmune diseases, and the head of Technion’s industrial design program. For more information, contact: Jennifer Singer, Chapter Director 941.378.1500 or jennifer@ats.org Website: www.ats.org

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ounded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the world’s oldest pro-Israel organization. It was instrumental in the Jewish State becoming a reality, by mobilizing the support of the U.S. government, Congress and the American public for the creation of Israel in 1948. Under the leadership of such illustrious past presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, the ZOA has been on the

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front lines of Jewish activism. Today, with a national membership of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the U.S., the ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations through educational activities, public affairs programs, working every day on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media and textbooks, and on campuses. The Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the ZOA was established in 2008. The local chapter holds periodic meetings which are open to the public, and which often feature prominent speakers presenting information on topics of interest to supporters of Israel. Past presenters have included Congressman Vern Buchanan and ZOA national president Morton A. Klein. For more info or to be added to ZOA-Sarasota’s mailing list, contact: Dr. Brent Rubin, President info@ZOAsarasota.org Website: www.ZOAsarasota.org

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ince 2000, Israel has been the largest American trading partner in the Middle East—larger than American trade with Saudi Arabia, including U.S. oil imports. Today there are more Israeli companies listed on American securities exchanges than any country after the U.S. and Canada. America-Israel relations are based on common values—democracy, free markets and the rule of law. Business is the manifestation of the strong values shared by Americans and Israelis. The Chamber’s mission is to connect American and Israeli businesses, to increase trade and commerce between America and Israel, and to fuel economic growth for both regions. For more information, contact: Linda Chase, 954.725.2788 or linda@israeltrade.org Website: www.floridaisraelchamber.org

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he strength of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the age of 18, these courageous young people join the IDF, promising to uphold the difficult tasks of defending the State of Israel and guaranteeing the safety of those who reside within its borders. The responsibility of the Israeli government is to prepare and train these soldiers and provide them with the necessary tools. Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has

assumed the responsibility of providing these soldiers with love and support in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide. In 1981, FIDF was created as a notfor-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. It also offers these services to the families of fallen soldiers. FIDF operates through 15 branches in the U.S. and Latin America, located close to large Jewish communities.

FIDF proudly offers its support to soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. Providing financial aid to soldiers in need, granting academic scholarships to former combat soldiers, helping bereaved families, and sponsoring fun days for combat battalions are just some of their endeavors. Through FIDF missions to Israel, donors are able to visit bases, meet with soldiers, and tour the country. These opportunities reinforce the significant bond between the Jewish community in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. The Broward/Palm Beach Chapter of FIDF covers the Sarasota-Manatee area. For more information, contact: 561.483.2771 or boca@FIDF.org Website: www.israelsoldiers.org

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merican Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) supports the lifesaving efforts of Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel and represents MDA in the U.S. MDA is Israel’s only government-mandated ambulance and emergency medical responder. A team of professionals and trained volunteers provide all of Israel’s population with pre-hospital emergency medical needs including disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center provides 100% of the blood requirements of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and 97% of the blood needs of Israel’s hospitals and the general population. MDA’s fleet of 800 MDA ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care

Units are on call 24/7, operating from over 100 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations throughout Israel, logging almost ten million miles and taking care of more than 520,000 patients annually. AFMDA can provide an interesting perspective of Israel through the eyes of Magen David Adom. The organization can customize a site visit to group size, itinerary and age group, which will allow tourists to meet and interact with MDA staff, volunteers and young American overseas volunteers who

can talk about their experiences. For more information, contact: Robert Schwartz, Southeast Regional Director, (800) 626-0046 or southeast@afmda.org Website: www.afmda.org

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n 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people program under the National League of Cities as a “citizen diplomacy.” He envisaged persons and organizations in individual U.S. cities interacting on a one-to-one basis with their peers in foreign cities and nations, believing that such personal relationships would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Those in Sister Cities relationships believe this program will help us realize true success in achieving world peace and international good will. The

promotion of adult and student international exchange is a vital concept of Sister Cities. The rapidly growing program became the nonprofit Sister Cities International in 1967. Even before that, in 1963, Sarasota residents had already established the Sarasota Sister Cities Association. Today, official relationships have been forged with Hamilton, Province of Ontario, Canada; Perpignan, France; Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel; Dunfermline, Scotland; Treviso, Italy; and Siming District, Xiamen, China.

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Organizations Israel Connection Consulate General Robert and Esther Heller of Israel for Florida Israel Advocacy Initiative he Robert and Esther Hel- Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and Puerto Rico ler Israel Advocacy Initiative and public officials. The Heller IAI’s

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he Consulate General of Israel, one of nine in the U.S., officially represents the State of Israel in all aspects of Israel’s relations with the government and societies of the State of Florida and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Consulate General is the bridge between Israel and the political and business communities of Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as the media, academia, and the cultural and Jewish communities, with the aim of strengthening the bonds between us. The Consular Department serves foreign citizens and provides various services to Israeli citizens. The Consular & Visa Department serves Israeli citizens as well as nonIsraelis with issuing visas and renewing passports. The Israeli House (Bayit Israel) provides a cultural center and connection with Israel for the Israeli community by sponsoring lectures and concerts by Israeli performers. The office also provides assistance to Israeli and American businesses. For more information, contact: Ofer Bavly, Consul General, 305.925.9400 or paofficer@miami.mfa.gov.il Website: http://miami.mfa.gov.il

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(IAI) advocates for peace and in-depth website, www.helleriai.org, security in Israel through education, in- provides quick access to Jewish world formation and community awareness; news, action items, upcoming event raising consciousness of, and actively details and a forum for reporting anticonfronting anti-Semitism on a global Semitic incidents. level; and, directly addressing antiFor more information, contact: Israel activities in Sarasota-Manatee. Jessica Katz at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x123 Heller IAI also serves as the Federation’s Community Relations Counor jkatz@jfedsrq.org cil, conducting outreach within the Jewish and general communities, monitoring state and federal legislation and its effect on the Jewish community, promoting separation of religion from government and public schools and more. Heller IAI accomplishes its goals through educational programs, Heller IAI Chair Rabbi Howard Simon (right), community outreach, with Federation Vice President Isaac Azerad (left) and Ambassador Yehuda Avner (center) and partnerships with “On one side are Israel’s enemies like the Iranian regime – which denies the Holocaust and calls for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map’ while actively developing the means to do so. On the other side is a response of international silence, coupled with a growing willingness by governments and media alike to discuss Israel’s existence as a mistake, an anachronism, or a historical provocation.” —Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director

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ewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. (JFCS) is the local Jewish human service agency in our community which provides comprehensive counseling and social services to people facing life’s challenges. A partner agency of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, JFCS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, and is a member agency of the three local United Ways. Founded in 1985, JFCS has grown and expanded to become one of the leading non-profit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS offers more than 26 programs at 15 locations throughout the area. The main campus is located on the gateway to downtown Sarasota at 2688 Fruitville Road, with satellite offices in Bradenton, Venice and at the Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center in Sarasota. Individuals turn to JFCS…When You Can’t Do It Alone. JFCS offers the following programs and services: Counseling Services is at the core of the programs and services offered to children, adults, families and seniors at JFCS. A full range of counseling and support groups are available through Licensed Clinical Social Workers and behavioral health specialists who address

issues such as depression, parenting, marital conflict, substance abuse, bereavement, stress management, divorce and remarriage, and domestic abuse. Information & Referral Network operated by JFCS provides confidential assistance to individuals seeking help through local social service organizations. Volunteer Mental Health Professionals serve as Telephone Intake Specialists and offer callers immediate assistance. Help is just a phone call away! Case Management & Financial Assistance is available to individuals and families on a case by case

Betsy Bommer, JFCS Friendly Visitor Volunteer, meets weekly with Gloria Bregg to offer a Jewish community connection

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basis. The Kosher Food Pantry offers immediate assistance with food and grocery vouchers. Local congregations and individual donors support the Kosher Food Pantry through the Buy One, Get One, Give One Program. Senior Services offers a wide array of professional, compassionate and caring support to older adults ensuring that they can maintain their sense of dignity and desire for independence. Geriatric Care Managers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers help seniors adjust to the many challenges of aging such as isolation, loss of mobility, diminished physical and mental health and the responsibilities of caregiving. Caregiver Support Group provides opportunities for caregivers to share with others and receive support The Dress Up for Yontif Program, implemented through partnerships with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Senior Outreach Services (SOS) Program, local temples and synagogues, and the Russian community, provides at-risk Jewish seniors with holiday meals, religious services and new clothing during Rosh Hashanah and Passover. Dress Up for Yontif is funded by a gift from the Arthur & Susan Karp Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. (a Supporting Foundation of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee). Contact Orna Nissan at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org.

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Community Services and resource information from the JFCS professional staff. Senior Outreach Services provides a weekly program to isolated seniors offering socialization and group counseling facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. JFCS is a member of

Senior Outreach Services Volunteer Florence Katz helps conduct a Passover Service for seniors at JFCS

the Elder Support Network to provide out-of-town families comfort in knowing that we can look after the needs of their loved ones here in Florida. Children & Adolescent Services offers a full range of therapeutic

services including counseling, art & play therapy, support groups and school-based programs to help children and adolescents succeed in life. Prevention programs address substance abuse, bullying and anger management. Intervention programs are provided at area schools that offer counseling, mentoring and tutoring for at-risk students. Jewish Programs provide a spiritual and healing connection to our community through the efforts of professional staff and a corps of trained volunteers. JFCS is dedicated to offering support, comfort and hope through Jewish traditions, rituals and wisdom in assisting people who are experiencing life’s challenges. Jewish Programming includes: Hospital Visitation, Friendly Visitors, Bereavement Support Group, Doula Services for the Seriously Ill, Religious Services celebrated in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Prison Ministry, and the Grace Rosen Magill Jewish Healing Lending Library. Volunteer Opportunities are an integral part of JFCS Programs. Volunteers set the example of the true spirit of caring, and the time they give touches so many people, truly making a difference to those who seek help and support through JFCS. Volunteer opportu-

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nities include: Friendly Visitor with an older adult; mentor or tutor an at-risk youth; Trained Para-Chaplain Visitor at local area hospitals and nursing homes; Shabbat, High Holy Day & Jewish Festival leaders organize and conduct religious services in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; Retired Social Workers handle intake calls and Information & Referral Services; Respite Caregiver offering support to a family caring for a loved one; Senior Outreach Service (SOS) Volunteer providing socialization to a community connection to SOS Program participants. Case Management & Financial Assistance, Senior Services, and Jewish Programs are sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE 2688 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34237 • Rose Chapman, LCSW, President/CEO • Telephone: 941.366.2224 • Email: info@jfcs-cares.org • Website: www.jfcs-cares.org • Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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obernick/Anchin is a gracious retirement community, conveniently located near Sarasota’s cultural and recreational attractions. Opened in 1993, it is a not-for-profit enterprise developed by The Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council. Kobernick House is an independent rental retirement community offering seniors a catered lifestyle and improved quality of life. Residents enjoy celebrations and traditions guided by Jewish values which include Shabbat services and delicious kosher dining. Anchin Pavilion, located within the campus of Kobernick House, offers a continuing level of care. The assisted living facility provides twentyfour hour nursing assistance based on each individual’s needs. Residents have an active dignified lifestyle in an environment that provides support and exceptional care. Also located at Anchin Pavilion is the Fanny Green Memory Support unit dedicated to the needs of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. To complete the continuum of care, The Benderson Family Skilled and Rehabilitation Center, when completed, will offer a full spectrum of care including comprehensive skilled care and rehabilitation therapy services. For more information, contact: Leasing Office, 941.377.0781 Website: www.kobernickanchin.org

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ccredited since 2006 by The National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH), Tidewell is one of only 48 accredited Jewish hospices. Tidewell’s expert care teams honor Jewish laws and traditions at the end of life. Should the need arise, a rabbi can be made available to Jewish patients and families in Tidewell’s care. A mezuzah, prayer book, bible and Shabbat candles are provided for patients entering any of Tidewell’s seven hospice houses. “Hospice practice puts a premium not only on physical pain but on alleviating suffering – the anguish, the heartache, the fear, the confusion of dying. This is fundamental to the age-old Jewish concept of chesed, ‘kindness,’ and is the basis for Jewish hospice. Hospice philosophy treats the dying person as a whole being. This includes the person’s relationship to God.” – Rabbi Maurice Lamm As the local, not-for-profit hospice serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties, Tidewell maintains accreditation by providing continuing education to staff and volunteers. Tidewell Hospice is committed to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of patients and their families. For more information, contact: 941.552.7500 or info@tidewell.org Website: www.tidewell.org

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ewish owned and operated, Comfort Keepers is a non-medical Home Health agency providing compassionate care for seniors in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 2000. Comfort Keepers is extremely selective in the Caregivers they hire and doesn’t hire anyone they would not send to their own family’s homes. The Comfort Keepers approach to in-home care is centered around a concept called “Interactive Caregiving.” Studies show this approach to care can help seniors maintain their independence, enhance their well-being, maintain their mental and emotional vitality, and help them enjoy a better quality of life at home. Comfort Keepers Caregivers are employees, bonded and insured, and have special training for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The company pays for workman’s comp and handles all the payroll taxes. Comfort Keepers provides Companions, Homemakers, and Home Health Aides, enabling their clients to stay safe and independent in their homes. They also offer emergency monitoring systems and medication dispensers to enable clients to remain in their homes longer. For more information, call: 941.921.4747 Website: www.sarasota.comfortkeepers.com

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shipping. They offer the “big store” benefits of a large store with the personal touch of a small art studio. Turnaround times are quick, and their products carry a 100% Happiness Guarantee! Now married 11 years, Micah and

joy to thousands of engaged couples. For more information, contact: KC Walensky, Resident Ketubah Guru, 941.373.0471 or info@mpartworks.com Website: www.mpartworks.com

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes Florence Melton Adult Mini-School

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to sponsor The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Join over 20,000 adults in over 60 Mini-Schools throughout the Jewish world to learn about Jewish traditions and culture in a challenging and interactive, text-based course of study. The Federation’s Melton school offers the two-year core curriculum, graduate courses, and an alumni association. Courses are taught by local rabbis and Jewish educators. Upon completion of the two-year core program, students receive a Certificate of Jewish Learning from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Class details are available at www. jfedsrq.org or call 941.371.4546.

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he Scholars Circle at Temple Beth Sholom meets on Tuesdays from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Facilitated by Ewa Maniawski Tuschman, Director of Congregational Learning, this weekly study group explores the challenges of modern life with the help of an excellent publication – Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life by Moshe Halbertal and Donniel Hartman. This collection of essays, authored by scholars of the renowned Shalom Hartman Institute, addresses three critical challenges posed to Judaism by

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modernity – the challenge of ideas, the challenge of diversity, and the challenge of statehood – providing insights and ideas for the future direction of Judaism. The class is open to all community members. Please call the Temple Beth Sholom Education Office at 941.552.2780 or visit www.templebethsholomfl.org/ education/conglearning.php for more information.

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rown Bag: Weekly at noon on Wednesdays. There is no fee for this program. Brown Bag discussions are held at Kobernick House at 11:45 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Bring your lunch and discuss current events with Rabbi Huntting. Torah Talk: Weekly at 9:30 a.m on Wednesdays. There is no fee for this program. Delve into the Torah’s words & ideas with Rabbi Huntting. For more information about the above programs, please call Temple Sinai at 941.924.1802 or visit www. templesinai-sarasota.org.

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he community is warmly invited to join Rabbi Brenner Glickman for informal learning at Temple Emanu-El’s popular “Lunch with the Rabbi.” This monthly program, held at noon on the first Wednesday of every month at Temple Emanu-El, enables

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attendees to enjoy discussing topics of Jewish interest in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Attendees bring a brown-bag lunch and – if they wish – a newspaper article to share. While conversation often focuses on current events, some installments of “Lunch with the Rabbi” are devoted to particular topics at the request of participants. Past subjects of discussion have included Jewish views on abortion, belief in the Messiah, news in Israel, and why Jews often seem to feel more comfortable with other Jews. While discussions are lively and interesting, they are also respectful and welcoming. “Lunch with the Rabbi” always ends with friendly smiles and handshakes – and a serving of homemade cookies for dessert! For more information, call Temple Emanu-El at 941.371.2788.

Weekly Seminar with Rabbi Katz

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emple Beth Israel hosts a weekly Monday morning program called “The Weekly Seminar with Rabbi Katz.” Rabbi Jonathan Katz’s 11:00 a.m. seminar covers a range of stimulating topics including Israel, Jewish culture, spirituality, law, history and politics. The exchange around the table is informative, freewheeling and often quite humorous. All are welcome to join this provocative weekly gathering. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Israel office at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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Ongoing Classes “Salons of Jewish Learning”

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roviding innovative and welcoming opportunities for adult Jewish learning is the goal of Temple Emanu-El’s “Salons of Jewish Learning” program. Launched last year and warmly embraced by the community, Temple Emanu-El’s “Salons of Jewish Learning” continue across Sarasota-Manatee. These “salons” are adult education programs led by Rabbi Brenner Glickman that take place in Temple Emanu-El members’ homes during afternoon and evening hours. In consultation with Rabbi Glickman, hosts select a topic for study. Rabbi Glickman then provides all of the materials and facilitates a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion. Refreshments are served, and there is an opportunity for socializing as well.

Salons have been held in neighborhoods including University Park, the Meadows, Tidy Island/Bradenton, Palmer Ranch, and Lakewood Ranch. Topics have ranged from the environment to creationism to sexual ethics and love. Although “Salons of Jewish Learning” hosts are Temple Emanu-El members, guests are welcome to attend and participate. To inquire about an invitation to an upcoming “Salon of Jewish Learning,” please call the Temple Emanu-El office at 941.371.2788.

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he Chug Ivri (Hebrew Circle) is a class/study group of individuals who wish to improve and perfect their knowledge of Hebrew, both spoken and reading. The class is conducted at an advanced intermediate

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level and consists of reading Hebrew newspapers and Hebrew conversation. There is no teacher. The members’ knowledge and the use of dictionaries provide the expertise. The emphasis is on using Hebrew as much as possible and minimizing the use of English in class. The group subscribes to a Hebrew newspaper, Shaar La Matchil, which is printed in Israel for new immigrants. The Chug Ivri was started about fourteen years ago with a few interested members. It has been meeting regularly ever since. The group meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. It has been incorporated into the adult education offerings at Temple Beth Sholom, though it is also open to the community. New participants are always welcome. Anyone who has the necessary Hebrew competence and wishes to expand his/her Hebrew knowledge is welcome to join the group. For more information, call Claire Fox at 941.921.3765.

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Adult Education “Lunch with the Rabbi” at TBI

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he Beth Israel Men’s Club hosts a very popular program aptly named “Lunch with the Rabbi.” This monthly lunch is held the second Monday of each month. The “Lunch with the Rabbi” series is $35 for Men’s Club members and $40 for non-members. For those who do not sign up for the full series, the fee for individual lunches is $10. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Israel office at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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his course will explore, in a lighthearted way, basic elements of Yiddish using humor, proverbs, music, etc. It will also explore just what role Yiddish plays in contempo-

Ongoing Classes rary Jewish life. Classes meet from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Temple Beth El – North Port Jewish Center, and are led by the temple’s religious leader, Cantor Lyle Rockler. Course dates: March 9, 16, 23 (Note: If the class can agree on a mutually convenient time, there will be a showing of a Yiddish film with subtitles.) For information, please call the temple office at 941.423.0300 or Cantor Rockler at 941.429.7807.

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he Rebbe’s Tisch is a weekly discussion at Temple Beth Sholom on Tuesdays from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. This is an opportunity to join Rabbi Joel Mishkin’s continuing exploration into the complex world of Biblical, rabbinic, and theological literature. This year, participants will ex-

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plore a groundbreaking approach to contemporary theology in general, and Jewish theology in particular, through an extremely close reading of Michael Fishbane’s Sacred Attunement, A Jewish Theology. It is the first full-scale American Jewish theology work since Abraham Joshua Heschel’s God in Search of Man. No prior knowledge is necessary. Texts will initially be supplied by Rabbi Mishkin’s office. All are welcome! Please call the Temple Beth Sholom Education Office at 941.552.2780 for more information, or visit www. templebethsholomfl.org/education/ conglearning.php.

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hrough meditation we learn to stay present and awake in each moment. We learn that mindfulness brings insight which liberates us from anger and craving. We learn that when we become free of our afflictions, true happiness becomes possible. Sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m at Temple Sinai. A voluntary donation of $5 per session is requested. No prior experience necessary and the sessions are open to people of all faiths. For additional information, please contact facilitator Reb Ari Shapiro at 941.966.7778.

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Ongoing Classes Adult Hebrew and Adult B’nai Mitzvah Classes

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eligious school children are not the only Temple EmanuEl learners spending Sunday mornings engaged in the aleph-bet, Hebrew prayers, and Jewish study! Sunday mornings also find adults of all ages and backgrounds studying Hebrew in preparation for Adult B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El. Under the direction of Norty Bick, Temple Emanu-El Adult B’nai Mitzvah candidates enjoy a year of Hebrew study during which they learn the Hebrew letters, sound out words, and master the reading and meaning of the traditional prayers. Rabbi Brenner Glickman also facilitates several sessions of the class, deepening the students’ understanding of the worship service and the significance of Adult B’nai Mitzvah. Students then turn their focus to preparing for the formal Adult B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, in which they lead a Shabbat service, read from the Torah, and offer a sermon. Post-Adult B’nai Mitzvah classes are also offered for those wishing to continue their learning. For more information about Adult Hebrew and Adult B’nai Mitzvah classes at Temple Emanu-El, please call the Temple office at 941.371.2788.

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Adult Education Computers 4 Seniors Learning Center

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he Computers 4 Seniors Learning Center, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, provides effective training to senior adults interested in computer technology. The program enables them to enter the computer era and enhance their lives. Classes are held on the Federation campus. Each class is limited to 12 students with an instructor and one or more coaches who work as a team. Lessons are projected on a screen so all can follow along. For more information, please contact Joe Floersheimer at 941.371.4546 x125. Information and registration are also available at www.jfedsrq.org.

Ongoing Classes Jewish Meditation Rabbi Michael at Congregation B. Eisenstat Kol HaNeshama Miniversity of editative practices have been Judaism deeply rooted in Judaism for

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thousands of years. In this group, Kol HaNeshama brings Jewish learning, approaches and knowledge to traditional meditative techniques. Leadership rotates from month to month, allowing each leader to bring their personal interpretation, understanding and meaning to the meditation. Silence, visualization, chant and other techniques are used to deepen spiritual intention. Meetings take place at 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month in members’ homes. Open to the entire Jewish community. No charge. This group is now in its 3rd year. Call 941.244.2042.

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s a congregation for mature singles and families, Temple Beth Israel sponsors education programs for adult students. The Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism provides firstrate educational programs with rabbinic-led, lay-led, and outside guest-led lectures and classes. Designed to promote Jewish living through Jewish learning, the Minversity curriculum reflects the diverse interests of modern and secular Jews. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Israel office at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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Early 2011 Classes Women’s Learning Series in Lakewood Ranch

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emple Emanu-El and the GulfsidePalm and SaraMana ORT chapters invite the community to a special women’s learning series in Lakewood Ranch, taught by Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman. Entitled “Jewish Women Warriors,” this fascinating and inspiring class will explore women from biblical to modern times who fought for justice, for their people, and for their beliefs. Classes will be held Wednesdays, February 9 and 16, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. In addition to providing a stimulating educational experience, “Jewish Women Warriors” also serves as an outreach to the Jewish communities of Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton. “Jewish Women Warriors” is free. The community is warmly welcome. For more information or to make reservations for “Jewish Women Warriors,” please contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com.

through Jewish Federation work and academic administration. She is the founder and director of ReclaimingJudaism.org, a publishing and educational organization and website. This is her first season as rabbi of Kol HaNeshama. The entire community is welcome to meet Rabbi Milgram and join in her classes. There is a small charge to nonmembers for materials. Call 941.244.2042 for more details.

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emple Beth Sholom’s “Creation, Conflict and Covenant – the Drama of Genesis” program is held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Taught by Michael Cannon, this course offers an opportunity to approach the book of Genesis (Beresheet) in a novel way. No matter what your background, you will find it to be an engaging time

Adult Education to ask and seek answers to a multitude of questions, such as: • Why study the Book of Genesis? • What can Genesis teach us about humanity? • What can Genesis teach us about God? • How do the stories in Genesis compare to other ancient texts? • What role does Genesis play in Jewish thought? Please call the Temple Beth Sholom Education Office at 941.552.2780 for more information, or visit www. templebethsholomfl.org/education/ conglearning.php.

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oin Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram of Congregation Kol HaNeshama for eight sessions, January through March, as she teaches “Torah as Metaphor: Major Metaphorical Motifs in Torah that will Change Your Experience of Jewish Text, Prayer and Tradition Forever.” Rabbi Milgram is an internationally recognized teacher, specializing in making Jewish ritual relevant and personal in the lives of contemporary Jews. She is the author of four volumes and many articles about Judaism and Jewish education. Her career has taken her

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mprove your ability to follow and share in the Shabbat service. This is not a class in Biblical Hebrew but rather an examination of the specific texts of the Shabbat liturgy as they relate to music. Exercises using basic congregational chanting will be used, as well as audio presentations of historical renderings of different prayers in order to put the prayer material into a developmental context. Class will meet 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20, 27 and May 4. Facilitated by Hazzan Abramson. No fee for members; nonmembers $18. For more information, please contact Temple Sinai at 941.924.1802. Or visit www.templesinai-sarasota.org.

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his course will attempt to answer the question of how Judaism, over the centuries, has dealt with the issue of life after death. Is there such a thing in Jewish thought and, if so, how do we look at it? What role does it play in our view of living? The course will explore Jewish text on the subject and will be guided primarily by the book by Neil Gillman, The Death of Death. Classes meet from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Temple Beth El – North Port Jewish Center, and is led by the temple’s religious leader, Cantor Lyle Rockler. Course dates: January 12, 19, 26, February 12 For information, call the temple office at 941.423.0300 or Cantor Rockler at 941.429.7807.

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abbalah is an answer to the questions of our universe and the ages. More specifically, Kabbalah is the mystical, esoteric side of Judaism that delves into a deeper understanding of the Bible beyond its literal interpretation to provide Reb Ari Shapiro us with information about the soul, the nature of God, creation, and the spiritual world. Join Reb Ari Shapiro at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays January 4, 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 8, 15, 22. No fee for Temple Sinai members; non-members $18. For details, call at 941.924.1802 or visit www.templesinai-sarasota.org.

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emple Beth Sholom’s popular Bagels in Beit Midrash (House of Study) program is held on certain Sundays at 9:30 a.m. This educational offering has been a very popular program for several years. Each session is dedicated to a particular theme, consisting of two or three minicourses. Such structure gives the participants a wonderful opportunity to study different aspects of each subject with outstanding teachers. This spring’s offerings include: March 6: The Miracles of Passover April 10: Relationships – the Jewish and Not-necessarily-Jewish Insights All community members are welcome. Complimentary refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m. RSVP for each session to the Temple Beth Sholom’s

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Great Decisions discussion group based on Foreign Policy Association (FPA) guidelines, using FPA’s DVD and its 2011 edition of eight world affairs topics, will meet in downtown Sarasota every other week, January through April, for eight sessions. Future topics include: Rebuilding Haiti, U.S. National Security, Horn of Africa, and Responding to the Financial Crisis. For members and invited guests. Contact the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at 941.929.7771 for more information.

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new JLI (Jewish Learning Institute) course, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, titled “Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew,” begins on February 9. This insightful six-week course is offered as follows: An evening class is offered on the Federation Campus on Wednesdays from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. A morning class is offered at the Chabad of Sarasota on Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. - noon. Cost per person is $69, which includes the text. To register, call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770 or visit www.chabadofsarasota.com. The course is also offered at the Chabad of Venice, February 9 – March 16, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Call 941.493.2770.

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argeted for parents of preschoolers, but open to all. We must have a minimum of 4 participants for each class to take place and a maximum of 12. Reminders will be sent out two weeks prior. To register, send an email to Bethany@Temple Sinai-Sarasota.org. Workshops are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., facilitated by Bethany Leinweber, MS ED, Director of The Gan. Individual class fee $18 for Temple Sinai members; $25 nonmembers. Prices include all materials. Talking About Death and Dying With Little Ones January 12. Unfortunately a lot of children go through the loss of a loved one at an age when it’s difficult to make sense of it all. Join us to discuss a very tough but real topic. Children have so many good questions. Prepare yourself with good answers to make this a smooth transition. Let’s Make Passover Fun! April 13. You will receive a Hagaddah for ages 2-5 and gain a wonderful bag of tricks to make the Passover seder fun, age appropriate, interactive, and memorable for everyone involved. Alef Bet for Parents Date TBA. Have you ever wished you could stay one step ahead of your child’s Jewish learning? Have you ever wanted to help your child with Hebrew homework, but can’t? Have you ever wished you could follow the service better? This beginner’s Hebrew class for parents AND other adults is not a refresher course, rather it is intended for those who do not know Hebrew. For more information, contact Bethany Leinweber at 941.924.1802 or visit www.templesinai-sarasota.org.

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Shalom Baby welcomes parents and their newborns or newly adopted children into our community. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, this program is a wonderful way for new parents to find support and build Jewish connections during this special time in their lives. Families who are expecting, or have recently celebrated the arrival of a baby (or babies), are invited to contact the Federation so it can wish you “Mazel Tov!” with a complimentary Shalom Baby gift basket, including special items and resource information about our Jewish community. Contact Gisele Pintchuck at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org.

he Gan focuses on Jewish Early Childhood Education Programming for children up to five years old. The Gan inspires children to embrace Jewish values by providing meaningful and authentic Jewish educational experiences in a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment. The preschool is accredited by The National Association for Child Care

emple Beth Sholom has had an established preschool program since 1974 and has been in its present building since January 1988. The Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool is a NAEYC accredited program, has a low teacher-student ratio, and consists of classes for children 15 months through 4 years of age. The class population is ethnically and culturally diverse. Early Morning Care, Stay-N-Play, special interest clubs, atelier, kosher lunches, weekly Shabbat, and Judaica are offered. The Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool prides itself in running a developmentally appropriate program that is based on each child’s stage of development – socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Children learn by hands-on-doing, progressing at their own speed through exploration and discovery. Learning is all about making connections, which is done through creative Projects/Thematic units, such as weather, nature, drama and animals. For more information, contact : Flora Oynick, 941.954.2027 Website: www.goldiefeldmanacademy.com

The PJ Library program supports families in their Jewish journey by sending high-quality Jewish-themed books and music on a monthly basis to children age six months to eight years. This program is free! In addition, PJ Library sponsors children’s concerts, story time and other family activities. Register your child online at www.pjlibrary.org. The PJ Library is a gift from the Arthur & Susan Karp Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. (a Supporting Foundation of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee). Contact Gisele Pintchuck at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@ jfedsrq.org.

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comfortable with Chabad’s style and approach regardless of religious background or level of observance. The Hebrew School takes place Sunday mornings at the Chabad Jewish Center. For more information or to obtain a registration packet, contact: Chanie Bukiet, 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadodbradenton.com

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fully accredited (FKC/FCIS) and is the only private Jewish school in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. At the Goldie Feldman Academy, students are challenged to think for themselves, develop a passion for discovery, become socially aware, and cultivate a “can-do” attitude that questions why, why not and how. Project-based learning asks students to investigate issues and topics addressing real-world problems by integrating subjects across the curriculum. There are small classes, academic rigor, hands-on experiences, and a low student-faculty ratio,. The students consistently perform above grade level and the graduates are well placed in advanced high school programs including IB, AP and Honors. For more information, contact: Rachel Saltzberg, 941.552.2770 Website: www.tbsschools.org

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he Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School of Temple Beth Sholom strives to provide an inspiring and engaging educational experience guided by the Conservative movement’s principles. The school’s environment infuses children with Jewish values, traditions, text knowledge and Hebrew skills. It fosters a lifelong love of learning. The students acquire tools for leading active, committed Jewish lives. The school’s educational goal is not to train the students toward their B’nai Mitzvah, but to nurture their joyous celebration of being a part of Am Israel – the Jewish Peoplehood. The school is open to students in grades K-7. It utilizes cutting-edge curricular methodologies and innovative teaching techniques. The families remain engaged in the children’s education through Family Learning Days, holiday celebrations, intergenerational events, Shabbat morning family services, youth group programs, and in a myriad of other ways. For more information, contact: Education Office, 941.552.2780 Website: www.paverreligiousschool.com

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t Congregation Ner Tamid’s Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School, it’s never a struggle to get the children out of bed and ready for a day of Jewish Living and Learning. Certified, knowledgeable teachers gently guide children through a hands-on, experiential curriculum. Children make connections between their rich Jewish heritage and their own lives as they study Torah, Jewish thought, history and customs. They enjoy steady success as they learn Hebrew at their own pace. They are linked to the community as they actively engage in tikkun olam (social action) activities. Their bond with the congregation is strengthened as each one plays a role in Shabbat and holiday services, and in family-friendly congregation programs. Best of all, for busy families, school meets twice monthly. And after B’nai Mitzvah, they come back – which says it all. For information, contact: Rena Morano, Education Director, 941.795.8687 or renamorano@hotmail.com Website: www.nertamidflorida.org

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emple Sinai Religious School engages students and their families in Jewish learning and meaningful experiences that inspire them to appreciate and proudly celebrate being Jewish in our community and in today’s world. The school meets once a week for grades K-2 and 7-10, and twice a week for grades 3-6. It is informed by these guiding principles: • Love of students and believing that teaching is sacred work. • Awareness that Jewish learning “sticks” when it’s meaningful. • Partnering with families in raising Jewish children because parents are their children’s primary Jewish teachers. • Creating opportunities to experience Judaism together

of the Jewish community both locally and globally and as engaged American Jews. For more information, contact: Sue Huntting RJE, Religious School Director, 941.922.9322 or ReligiousSchool@templesinaisarasota.org

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eligious School for children (primary grades through Bar/ Bat Mitzvah) meets Sundays from 10:30 a.m. - noon from September through May. The program includes age-appropriate instruction in religion, Jewish history, culture, and introduction to Israel, supplemented by “Judaism through the Arts,” a series of instruction by guest artists within the congregation in such areas as drama, music, the visual arts and cooking. Hebrew instruction begins in fourth grade and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. For more information, contact: Temple Beth El, 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com Website: www.templebethelbradenton.com

Life’s most important project starts here. Led by a devoted faculty of early childhood development specialists, our preschool engages young minds in a unique, project-based learning process proven to build the skills critical to school readiness and the momentum for lifelong success. Serving families of all faiths and backgrounds, our programs are founded on universal values, guided by Jewish traditions, and focused on getting your child’s academic career off to the best possible start. Accredited by NAEYC, FKS & FCIS

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he Jewish Center of Venice Ruth Satzman Levy Religious School promotes a quality program of Judaic studies and Hebrew language for all Jewish children, grades K-8. The school meets Sundays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mid-week advanced Hebrew and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation are offered, along with a post-B’nai Mitzvah program for teens.

The professional teaching staff members are experienced and caring, as they help students to explore the meaning, relevance and importance of Jewish traditions, holidays and religious observances. Rabbi Daniel Krimsky’s strong background in religious education, and his enthusiasm and passion for learning, inspire both students and teachers. The focus of the Religious School is each child’s personal growth and development. Because class sizes are small, children benefit from individualized instruction. The Ruth Satzman Levy Religious School of the Jewish Center of Venice is sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

For more information, contact: Wendy Tenzer-Daniels, Director of Children’s Education, 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) does not have a religious school, as such, but they do have individual Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutoring available. The current tutor is Sim Lesser, the founder of the first Reform Jewish Day School in America at Temple Beth Am, Miami. For more information, contact: CHJ, 941.929.7771

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drama and dance – as well as schoolwide holiday celebrations, tzedakah projects and family Shabbat services. A variety of social programming – from a sukkah party at the Rabbi’s home to “Nights Out” for TEERS moms and dads – helps foster a family-like feeling among students and parents. New students are always welcome. Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg and her dedicated faculty look forward to meeting you. For more information, contact: Sabrina Silverberg, Director of Education, 941.371.2788 or teers@sarasotatemple.org Website: www.templeemanuelsarasota.org

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THE LIVES WE TOUCH You know about our trees. Here are some other things that JNF has been up to:

WATER: “When my water quota was lowered by 30%, JNF built a reservoir to triple the amount of recycled water in my area. Now my sweet potatoes, corn, and other organic crops can feed my family and a nation.” -Benny Shmulevich, Sderot farmer

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pen to all Jewish children regardless of affiliation or knowledge of Judaism, the Chabad Jewish Center of Venice Hebrew School meets every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. throughout the school year. The program, used by the worldwide network of Chabad Hebrew Schools, has been tremendously successful in providing children with a joy and love for Judaism in a positive, fun and dynamic atmosphere. Drama, singing, arts and crafts, baking, interactive workbooks, and educational excursions are used to bring

NEGEV: “When we were evacuated from Gush Katif, our immediate future was unsure. JNF helped us build the new community in Halutza, giving my family a new home and an even stronger connection to the land of Israel.” -Sarah Hefer, new Negev resident

FIRE: “Trapped on the eighth floor of my apartment building with my newborn son, I feared the worst. Thankfully fireman Oren Shishitzki was able to respond in one of JNF’s Quick Response Vehicles and bought me the precious minutes that I needed to survive.” -Lizi Levi

You too can make a difference in the lives we touch. To donate or for more information on these and other JNF projects in Israel:

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the information to life. The hands-on learning style encourages children to be active and involved learners, and the world-famous Aleph Champ teaching method motivates students to excel in Hebrew language skills. Also included are classes in Jewish history within the context of world events and the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. Chabad Jewish Center of Venice invites you to give your child the gift of Jewish pride and awareness. For more information, contact: Rivka Schmerling, Educational Director, 941.493.2770

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he learning, nurturing and fun of Temple Emanu-El Preschool continues through the summertime with an unforgettable camp experience. Children ages 18 months through five years are invited to spend summer days in the loving, safe and caring environment of Temple Emanu-El’s nationally-accredited, Gold Star-rated Jewish preschool. With traditional camp hours as well as extended care to accommodate working families, Temple Emanu-El Preschool’s summer camp offers fun weekly themes including Insects, Fairy Tales, Ocean, Camping, and Community Helpers; special activities like Shabbat celebrations, science projects, art, movement, literature, and cooking highlight the experience. Among the children’s favorite features are gymnastics, water days, firefighter and guide dog visits – and an end-of-session visit from the ice cream truck! For more information, contact: Elaine Sharrock, Temple Emanu-El Preschool Director, 941.377.8074

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Camps Camp Barney Medintz Federation Camp amp Barney Medintz, the sumCamp Barney offers every imag- Grant Program mer resident camp of the Mar- inable activity, including water skiing,

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horseback riding, ropes courses, whitewater rafting, all field/court sports, music, theater, dance, fencing, scuba, and 250 additional activities, programs and trips. Camp Barney has created a unique community that is all about adventure and self-discovery, exhilarating activities and exciting events, being in a strong culturally Jewish environment (kosher) with special friends, all under the supervision of a hand-picked collection of staff. For more information about Camp Barney programs, Family Camps, staff opportunities, or other adventures, please contact: The camp office in Atlanta, 770.395.2554 or summer@campbarney.org Website: www.campbarney.org

Jewish Overnight Camp Incentive Grant Program provides subsidies of up to $1,000 per child for campers attending a Jewish not-for-profit overnight camp. Grants are provided by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in partnership with the Sally Fine Fund for Overnight Camping and other local philanthropists. Eligible parents and children must be Jewish, have resided in Sarasota or Manatee counties for the past year, and are legal residents of the United States. Grants are paid directly to the camp and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for summer 2011 is January 3. Contact Gisele Pintchuck at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org.

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amp Coleman, a program of the Union for Reform Judaism, serves campers from the Southeast United States from Tennessee and the Carolinas through Georgia and Florida. Committed to core values of respect, peace, community and kindness, the camp is a warm and caring community where campers have fun and experience the excitement and warmth of belonging to a Reform Jewish community. Thousands of young people have formed lasting friendships and called Camp Coleman home for more than 40 years. URJ Camp Coleman allows children to live a wholly Jewish life while at camp. Campers can experience Jewish culture and tradition while in a safe, challenging and fun environment. In a natural setting, campers are given the opportunity to explore their Judaism. For more information, contact: 770.671.8971 in the winter 706.865.4111 in the summer campcoleman@urj.org Website: www.coleman.urjcamps.org

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emple Sinai strives to provide quality Jewishly-rich, social opportunities for young congregants. As a URJ congregation, the temple is affiliated with NFTY, the National Federation of Temple Youth. The Youth Groups are committed to: Helping strengthen Jewish identity and connections Creating an environment that is accepting and open Building strong relationships among youth and teens Providing opportunities for leadership development With two distinct youth groups,

ll Jewish teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to join SarasotaManatee’s local BBYO chapter, L’chaim BBYO, for monthly meetings and events. BBYO is a pluralistic teen organization with a mission of involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. BBYO teens plan and execute programs that interest them with guidance from adult advisors and staff. BBYO is a great way to get involved after your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The L’chaim BBYO chapter boasts over 30 high school teens who regularly attend regional Shabbatonim and programs with Jewish teens from Orlando and Tampa. Past chapter events include Relay for Life, Color Wars, Israel Dinner and Speaker, Sleepovers, Leadership Training, Treasure Island Scavenger Hunt and much more. For more information on BBYO, please contact: Marissa Feinman, Program Director, 407.645.5933 x292 or mfeinman@bbyo.org Website: www.northfloridabbyo.org

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by hosting its first ever NFTY convention in the spring of the year. Temple Sinai will host 200 teens for a weekend of leadership training, worship and friendships sure to last a lifetime. JOOSY (Junior Organization of Sinai Youth): Sixth- through eighthgraders get together for social, cultural and community service events. Past programs have included shul-ins at the temple, an annual Chanukah Caravan Progressive party combining efforts with area synagogues and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and tie-dye events with the older teens. Participants may attend Hatikvah Kallah, a junior NFTY convention. There are opportunities for tzedakah, volunteering and mitzvah projects. SAFETY (Sarasota Area Federation of Extreme Temple Youth): High school students meet about once a month for student-organized and led programs. Past activities have ranged from movie nights in the youth lounge, to an annual youth-led Shabbat service, to paintball outings. SAFETY members may participate in NFTY-STR events, URJ camps and programs, Mitzvah Corps programs, and Camp Jenny. Tikkun olam (repairing the world) is a practice built into all programs through a variety of mitzvah projects, volunteer opportunities and tzedakah. For more information, contact: Andrea Eiffert, Youth Director, 941.924.1802 or andrea@templesinai-sarasota.org

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ed by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, the Torah 4 Teens program is geared for teens in grades 7-9. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons. Teens enjoy the outstanding Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Teens curriculum, which aims to attract unaffiliated or uninvolved Jewish teens from all sections of the community. This unique program enables them to connect to core Jewish values and ethics through a series of engaging courses, which focus on contemporary topics and issues. Extracurricular events and outings are also a part of the Torah 4 Teens program, which is more social and fun oriented.

In addition, the teens visit the adjacent adult living facility, The Springs, and serve as leaders for all holiday events and programs at Chabad.

Membership is NOT required to join this program. For more information, contact: Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, 941.925.0770 or rabbi@chabadofsarasota.com

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice offers a unique “Teen Club” catered to Jewish teenagers in high school. Each monthly meeting includes a fun hands-on activity, a stimulating and intriguing discussion on hot-button issues that are of importance to the teenagers and, of course, always great food! The “Teen Club” is run by Rabbi Sholom Schmerling and his wife, Rivka. Both develop a special personal connection to many of the teens. The “Teen Club” is an opportunity for Jewish teens to feel proud of who they are, and to have a place where it’s “safe” to be themselves. For more information, contact: Chabad, 941.493.2770 or info@chabadofvenice.com

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The Jewish Federation, in partnership with the Sally Fine Fund for Overnight Camping and local philanthropists, provides incentive grants for Jewish children planning to attend not-for-profit Jewish overnight camps. The deadline is January 3, 2011.

Each year, The Federation awards college scholarships to qualified applicants. In addition to general scholarships, there are three designated scholarships available. The application deadline is april 5, 2011.

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Teen Focus Florence Melton Communiteen® High School® encourages students in ninth and tenth grade to explore their Jewish identity using Jewish sources to discuss family history, life issues and their personal relationship to the Jewish people. Communiteen®, offered by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, gives teens Judaism “their way.” The program stimulates students intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Teens share questions and concerns in an open, welcoming atmosphere with peers from all Jewish backgrounds and denominations. Weekly classes, held every Sunday, are ongoing throughout the school year – join anytime! Call 941.371.4546 or visit www. jfedsrq.org. Connecting to Communiteen®, a program for eighth-graders, uses the same format and staff as the Communiteen® program and provides a bridge to those students wishing to attend the Communiteen® High School

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program. Check out their blog at http://8thgradecommuniteen.weebly.com for program details. Weekly classes, held every Sunday, are ongoing throughout the school year – join anytime! Call 941.371.4546 or visit www. jfedsrq.org. M.O.R.E. – Mitzvah OutReach Experience engages students in eleventh and twelfth grade in civic, social justice and other global issues through advocacy, service and community organizing. Students will earn up to 25 hours of community service. The program includes a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a PANIM seminar and to lobby congress. Weekly classes, held every Sunday, are ongoing throughout the school year – join anytime! M.O.R.E. is sponsored by Better World for Chil-

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Send-A-Kid-to-Israel Program QuAlIfIed APPlIcAntS: • Jewish young adults ages 13-30 • Sarasota or Manatee County resident for one year • Attend a trip sponsored by an accredited cultural or educational organization

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dren. Call 941.371.4546 or visit www. jfedsrq.org. The Send-A-Kid-to-Israel Program (SKIP), which provides funds for teen travel to Israel, reflects The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s commitment to Jewish continuity and identity for our community. The program provides financial assistance to enable area Jewish teens to participate in Israel trips and programs sponsored by an accredited cultural and/or educational organization. The SKIP program is funded in large part by the Betty and Herb Schiff SKIP Fund. In 2009-2010, the SKIP program sent ten teens to Israel. Applications for 2011 programs are due by April 1. Contact Gisele Pintchuck at 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org. The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission is a part of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee’s Jewish leadership development program for high school teens who express interest and exhibit Jewish leadership qualities. Eligible Jewish teens must be in their sophomore or junior year of high school and be residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties. Teens are selected in early winter; training sessions are held throughout the winter and spring, culminating in a fully subsidized two-week trip to Israel in June. Contact Jessica Katz at 941.371.4546 x123 or jkatz@jfedsrq.org. On April 27, thousands of Jewish teens from around the world will share a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the March of the Living Mission, where they march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration complex built by the Nazis. The march commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. From Poland, participants will fly to Israel to celebrate

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Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee partners with Dr. Barry and Anne Stein to provide scholarships annually for area teens to participate. Contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org. Each year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee awards College Scholarships to qualified applicants. Scholarships generally range from $500 to $5,000 per student; in 2010, $53,000 was awarded to 27 local Jewish teens. The primary consideration for these scholarships will be based on financial need, however, a good academic record and community involvement in Jewish activities are also important. The application, as well as details of available scholarships, are available at www. jfedsrq.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Ilene Fox at 941.371.4546 x110 or ifox@jfedsrq.org. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee funds Jewish programming for area college students through the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Hillel groups at New College of Florida and the Ringling School of Art & Design host educational, social, cultural, religious, Tzedek, Israel and leadership programs. The program provides opportunities designed to strengthen the students’ Jewish identity and to prepare them to become leaders in the Jewish community. Contact Jessica Katz at 941.371.4546 x123 or jkatz@jfedsrq.org.

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“The Event of the Summer” – a series of wine-tasting Havdalah parties in local neighborhoods. Free and open to all, these popular outreach events have for four years welcomed affiliated and unaffiliated Jews for a relaxing, enjoyable evening of friendship, community – and delicious wine! The wine-tasting Havdalah parties take place in different neighborhoods; every party is open to all who wish to attend. Spotlighted neighborhoods have included Palmer Ranch; Lakewood Ranch; the Cascades, University Park, and Palm-Aire; the Meadows; and the downtown-waterfront area Three Israeli wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres are served. Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman offers a brief presentation about the wines and the Israeli regions in which the grapes are grown. The evenings conclude with a beautiful, spiritual Havdalah service. For more information, please call: 941.371.2788 Advocate

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emple Beth Israel is committed to its Outreach program and actively pursues partnerships within the community to advance worthwhile causes. The temple’s Social Action Committee, together with Rabbi Jonathan Katz, organizes a variety of meetings and get-togethers, including a multi-denominational Thanksgiving celebration, an interfaith Passover seder, and the annual High Holy Days luncheon with the Russian Jewish community. The Men’s Club actively supports Meals on Wheels, Magen David Adom and Sarasota Opera, while the Social Action Committee heads up an annual food drive benefiting the Food Bank. The temple also plays host to an annual fundraiser for St. Jude’s Hospital and serves as a meeting place for a broad range of public hearings and other community meetings. For more information, contact: The temple office, 941.383.3428 or email info@tbi-lbk.org

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or thirty years, the Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) has reached out to unaffiliated Jewish residents of Venice and their non-Jewish neighbors, often opening its multi-purpose building for community events. The Senior Service Outreach program transports isolated, home-bound seniors to the JCV for group therapy, socialization and a delicious homecooked lunch. The Sisterhood hosts other synagogue sisterhoods and connects with women’s groups of area churches. Concerts, speakers, films and Mah Jongg tournaments are well attended by the public, as is the outdoor Chanukah candle lighting at a downtown park. All Venice knows JCV’s annual Jewish Food Festival, a major “happening” bringing thousands of guests to the JCV campus for delicious Kosher-style food and family fun. A founding member of the Venice Interfaith Community Association, the Jewish Center of Venice promotes community respect, understanding and cooperation, and works closely with other faith groups on Venice interfaith educational and social service programs. For more information, contact: Beata Hulliger, Administrator, 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net

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ow do we teach our young children that being Jewish is special, meaningful, important – and fun? We can begin by taking them to Temple Emanu-El’s monthly Tot Shabbat outreach program. Held on Saturday mornings throughout the year, Tot Shabbat begins with playground time and a deluxe bagel breakfast; after playing and socializing, families move into the Temple Emanu-El Preschool building for a brief, age-appropriate service of Shabbat songs, prayers, movement, and stories with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. Tot Shabbat participants also enjoy planting parsley on Tu B’Shevat, celebrating Israel’s birthday on Israeli Independence Day, and splashing in sprinklers and wading pools at “Splash Shabbat” over the summer. Although Tot Shabbat is designed for ages 1-6, all are invited. Tot Shabbat is free and open to everyone; interfaith families and unaffiliated families are most welcome and will quickly find new friends and a warm community. For more information, please call: 941.379.1997

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emple Emanu-El will present a Hanukkah party for interfaith families in December 2011 at Bounce U, 1925 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota. While this event is especially designed for interfaith families, all are welcome. After a private session of bouncing and tumbling on Bounce U’s giant inflatables, attendees will gather for pizza, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), cold drinks, and games of dreidel. Rabbi Brenner Glickman will re-tell the Hanukkah story and lead a menorahlighting and festive song session; there will also be a visit from Judah Maccabee, and every child will receive a dreidel and chocolate gelt. In addition to enabling interfaith families to celebrate Hanukkah in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, the Interfaith Family Hanukkah Party serves as an outreach to unaffiliated and new families in the community. For more information, contact: Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net

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Major community events plus select events from area temples and organizations open to the entire community For up-to-date information on these and other community events, please check the Jewish News, www.jfedsrq.org, and the individual temple and organization websites.

January 2011 January 8, 6:00 p.m. Italian Dinner, Italian Bingo (Tombola) and Havdalah Havdalah, catered Italian Dinner, followed by an evening of Tombola, the Italian version of Bingo. Congregation Ner Tamid $15 members, $17.50 nonmembers, $10.50 children 12 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org January 12, 11:00 a.m. GulfsidePalm ORT Game Day Laurel Oak Country Club $29 941.927.2257 January 12, 7:00 p.m. A Night to Celebrate Israel: Concert featuring Israeli pop star Noa A commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Operation Exodus, when more than a million Soviet Jews were relocated to Israel. Featuring Natan Sharansky, Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israeli pop star Noa. Join us to show your solidarity and support of Israel! Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Tickets: $10 - $118 Purchase from www.vanwezel.org Jessica Katz, 941.371.4546 x123 or jkatz@jfedsrq.org January 14-15 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121

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January 14-16 Scholar-In-Residence Weekend Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 941.359.9703 January 15, 5:30 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood Deli Dinner Clowns, magicians and, yes, it’s a circus Temple Emanu-El Adults, 14 and over $25.00; 13 and under free Marty Arch, 941.954.0723 January 17, 7:15 p.m. Early Jewry in America by Phil Steel (Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL) Phil’s talk begins with his family in Portugal in the 17th century and then their arrival in the Colonies in 1733, onward into the 19th century. Kobernick House No Charge 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com January 19, 11:30 a.m. NCJW’s 29th Annual Women in Power Luncheon Honorees: Dr. Helen Fagin, Holocaust survivor and educator; Leslie Green, writer; Lori White, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools Michael’s on East $65 941.342.1855 January 22, 7:00 p.m. SaraMana ORT Casino Night Lake Club $130 per couple 941.388.0752 or stodd49@yahoo.com

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January 22 Synaplex Synaplex Shabbat is a quarterly program that creates a special experience through eating, learning, worshipping, and rejoicing together. Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 January 23 Anat Hoffman “Women of the Wall” Temple Beth Israel 941.383.3428 January 26, noon Fashion with a Flair Luncheon and Fashion Show The Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood is producing a fun “Dream Weavers and Planet” fashion show. Wendy Ross, news and weather personality from ABC7, will be featured. Temple Beth Sholom $36 per person Grace Goldstein, 941.955.8121 January 27, 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Federation and PJ Library Present Dr. Wendy Mogel Presented in partnership with Bonni and Mark Schlanger, Lois Stulberg, Temple Beth Sholom Schools and Temple Sinai. Dr. Mogel is a nationally known clinical psychologist, public speaker and author of the best-selling The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Federation Campus – Beatrice Friedman Theater $15 RSVP: 941.371.4546 or www.jfedsrq.org for more information

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Calendar January 30, 10:00 a.m. Omelet Brunch A full breakfast is served by temple members. Lots of fun and kibbitzing. Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Center $9.00 adults, $5.00 children RSVP not necessary January 30, 2:00 p.m. Federation’s IMPACT Family Mitzvah Project Families with children of all ages are welcome to join Kobernick House residents for social activities. Kobernick House Gisele Pintchuck, 941.371.4546 x121 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.org

February 2011 February 1, 11:30 a.m. GulfsidePalm ORT Fashion Show and Luncheon Michael’s On East Cost: TBA 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com February 3, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Mitchell Bard Lecture and Book Signing Dr. Bard is the Executive Director of American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE). He is a foreign policy analyst, Israel expert and runs the online Jewish Virtual Library. His topic will be “Israel: Myths and Facts.” Federation Campus – Beatrice Friedman Theater Free RSVP required: www.jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x123 February 4-5 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Congregation Kol HaNeshama No charge except for Shabbat dinner by reservation only: $20/members, $25/non-members Sonia Weismehl, 941.360.1872 or Shoshannah2004@yahoo.com

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February 5, 6:00 p.m. Deli Dinner & Movie Night After Havdalah, enjoy a deli dinner, followed by a family-friendly movie and popcorn. Congregation Ner Tamid $15 adults, $10 children 10 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org

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February 6, noon Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Honors Luncheon Elegant and festive luncheon honoring Kim Sheintal. Temple Emanu-El Cost: TBA Ethel Gross, 941.371.3425 or ethrich@aol.com

February 16, 1:00 p.m. Afternoon at the Oscars Jewish Federation – Zell Room Free NCJW, 941.342.1855

February 9, 9:30 a.m. Mah Jongg Tournament The Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood is sponsoring this all-day event, which includes a buffet lunch. Cash prizes will be awarded. Temple Beth Sholom $38 per person Claire Levin, 941.955.8121 February 11, 10:00 a.m. Federation’s Newcomers’ Brunch New to the community? Meet new people and connect to the Jewish

February 11-12 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121

February 18, 7:30 p.m. Lecture and chorus performance Michael Berman will speak on “Israel Myths and Facts.” The Humanaires and the Sarasota Universalist Unitarian Church chorus will perform jointly. Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 February 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jewish Food Festival Tons of food, bake sale, flea market, jewelry, live music, kids’ activities. Jewish Center of Venice Free admission and parking Beata, 941.484.2022

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Calendar February 22, 7:00 p.m. Opera Night Student artists from the Sarasota Opera Association will perform classical and light opera selections along with a few Broadway favorites. Temple Beth Israel Reserved Seating $50; Gen. Adm. $25 941.383.3428 February 23-24 The Fellner-on-Film Series February 23 – Temple Beth Israel February 24 – Jewish Center of Venice Films and lectures on topics of Jewish interest led by Rabbi Azriel C. Fellner. Underwritten by Helen and Leonard Glaser. 941.371.4546 x121 or www.jfedsrq.org February 25-27 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Temple Beth Israel Free/small fee for breakfast Rabbi Peter Kasdan, 941.387.2188

February 27 Suncoast Jewish Community Golf Classic 2011 Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Player Fee: $110 Register online by February 4 at www.suncoastgolfclassic.com February 27, 10:00 a.m. Brunch with Rabbi Aiello Brunch and conversation about timely topics of Jewish interest. Congregation Ner Tamid $12.50 members, $15.00 nonmembers, $5 Children under 10 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org February 27, 10:00 a.m. Omelet Brunch A full breakfast is served by temple members. Lots of fun and kibbitzing. Temple Beth El - North Port Jewish Ctr $9.00 adults, $5.00 children RSVP not necessary

February 27, 6:30 p.m. Gala Auction & Cocktail Party Chabad of Bradenton celebrates six years of community service at this exciting auction and cocktail party featuring unique and fabulous prizes. Fete Catering and Polo Grill on Main Street, Lakewood Ranch $50 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

March 2011 March 4, 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Across America and Canada Join thousands of communities across the continent to celebrate Shabbat. Shabbat dinner, candle lighting, songs, discussions. Congregation Ner Tamid $10.00 members, $13.50 nonmembers, $8.50 children 12 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org

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Calendar March 6, 8:00 a.m. Temple Emanu-El Rummage Sale Temple Emanu-El Free Laura or Bruce Zalkin, 941.322.0614 or lovemysisterhood@aol.com March 9, 9:00 a.m. Super Semi-Annual Mah Jongg Tournament Players from Punta Gorda to Bradenton enjoy delicious breakfast and lunch, and a chance to win big prizes! Jewish Center of Venice $28; Advance registration required Marilyn Schwartz, 941.475.0936 or Beata Hulliger, 941.484.2022 March 12, 6:00 p.m. ORT “Evening of Magic” Evening includes museum tour, buffet dinner and magic show. Sarasota Classic Car Museum $35 941.739.0463 or storminorm7@aol.com March 12, 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Schools’ Celebration of Imagination Hundreds of items to bid on during the silent auction, featuring beautiful works of art & furniture created by the students and artists involved with Temple Beth Sholom Schools. Enjoy a catered dinner with cocktails and entertainment while you bid. 100% of the proceeds benefit Temple Beth Sholom Schools. Temple Beth Sholom $125 Shannon Fedder, 941.552.2770 March 13, 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth El – Bradenton 36th Anniversary Gala Dinner catered by Michael’s On East; dancing Classic Car Museum $100/couple

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941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com March 15, 6:30 p.m. Vashti’s Banquet Women at this event get the chance to “unwind” behind the closed doors of a Persian Harem. (Modeled on guidelines developed by Women’s League.) Temple Beth Sholom Judy Lebowich, 941.955.8121 March 24 Chabad of Sarasota 16th Annual Gala A dinner, honoring Dr. Leonard Schwartzbaum, will benefit the

Children’s Scholarship Fund. Michael’s On East 941.925.0770 March 27-31 2nd Annual Jewish Film Festival Various times and locations Ticket prices and details available at www.jfedsrq.org or contact 941.371.4546 x123 March 27, 9:00 a.m. U.S. Holocaust Museum Program Hyatt Regency Sarasota Free RSVP required at www.jfedsrq.org or contact 941.371.4546 x104 for details

Purim events: March 18-20 March 18, 7:00 p.m. Purim Extravaganza Costume Ball, skits, games, songs, and hamantashen Congregation Ner Tamid Free 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org March 18, 7:30 p.m. Purim Celebration Featuring an original Purim play by Stephen and Sandi Cooper plus “CHJ’s Got Talent” talent show. Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 March 19, 6:00 p.m. Purimpalooza A Purim night of celebration for all ages! Come dressed in costume to an early service to hear the megillah read and enjoy a Purim spiel. Stay for a casual yummy dinner and fun. Singing! Games! Laughs! Costume prizes! Temple Sinai 941.924.1802

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March 20, 10 a.m. Purim Pandemonium Megillah reading, Purim spiel, carnival booths, dunk tank, climbing wall, bounce house, facepainting, costume contest, prizes, hamentashen, raffle and more. Temple Emanu-El Free admission, nominal cost for games and activities Sabrina Silverberg, 941.378.5567 or teers@sarasotatemple.org March 20, noon Purim Carnival Featuring a costume contest, dancing, games, food, and many children’s activities. Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 March 20, 4:30 p.m. Purim in the Circus Circus-themed Purim Celebration featuring masquerade, clowns, acrobats, games, dinner and more. Chabad of Bradenton $15 adult / $10 child 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

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Calendar March 27 Brandeis Musicale Brunch Brunch with a string quartet from the Sarasota Symphony. Lake Club Janet Tolbert, 941.388.9624 or Ann Friedman, 941.349.6713

April 2011 April 1-3 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Temple Beth Israel Free/small fee for breakfast Rabbi Peter Kasdan, 941.387.2188 April 2, 10:30 a.m. Lecture by Stanlee Stahl Stanlee Stahl, Executive VP Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, will speak about JFR’s mission to provide financial support to non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserve their legacy through a national education program. Cong. For Humanistic Judaism Public welcome, no charge 941.929.7771, www.chj-sarasota.org April 2 Brandeis at the Ballet Dinner and Sarasota Ballet performance. Janet Tolbert, 941.388.9624 or Ann Friedman, 941.349.6713 April 7-17 The Sarasota Film Festival www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

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April 7, 6:00 p.m. Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) of The Jewish Federation Presents Women’s Passover Celebration Featuring Peri Smilow, nationally recognized singer/songwriter, educator and community organizer. Her music has been heard throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Singapore and Israel. Michael’s On East Visit www.jfedsrq.org or call 941.371.4546 x110 for ticket prices and additional details April 8 Synaplex Synaplex Shabbat is a quarterly program that creates a special experience through eating, learning, worshipping, and rejoicing together. Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 April 9, 8:00 p.m. Federation’s IMPACT Karaoke Night Join the IMPACT group for adult fun, music and mingling. Captain Curt’s, Siesta Key Tickets: TBA RSVP at www.impactsarasota.com or contact 941.371.4546 x121 for additional details April 13, evening event NCJW Scholarship Awards Presentation Jewish Federation – Zell Room Free NCJW, 941.342.1855 April 29, 7:00 p.m. Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Observance Commemorating Righteous Persons and the victims of the Holocaust; featuring a live, moving musical selection of songs and poetry. Congregation Ner Tamid Free 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org

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May 2011 May 1, noon Temple Emanu-El Mitzvah Day A day of hands-on community service projects and donation drives; all are welcome to participate. Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Elaine Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net May 8, noon Yom HaZikaron Commemoration/ Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Event Orna Nissan, 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org May 11 TBS Schools Museum Night The students of Goldie Feldman Academy and Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool display their talents at this biannual showcase of learning. Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.552.2770 May 14, 6:00 p.m. Israeli Dinner & Yom HaAtzmaut Celebrate Israel with an Israeli dinner and activities for adults and children. Congregation Ner Tamid $15 members, $18 nonmembers, $5 children 12 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org May 15 Federation’s IMPACT Beach Luau RSVP at www.impactsarasota.com or contact 941.371.4546 x121 for additional details May 21, 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals Bring your pet for a special blessing and celebration. Temple Emanu-El Free Rabbi Elaine Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net

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October 13, Eve of Second day Sukkot: after 7:39 pm October 14: 6:45 pm October 19, Eve of Shemini 6:40 pm Atzeret: October 20, Eve of Simchat after 7:32 pm Torah: October 21: 6:38 pm October 28: 6:32 pm November 4: 6:27 pm November 11: 5:23 pm November 18: 5:20 pm November 25: 5:18 pm December 2: 5:18 pm December 9: 5:18 pm December 16: 5:20 pm December 23: 5:23 pm December 30: 5:28 pm

2011 (5771/5772) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu Bishvat: January 20 (Thursday) Purim: March 20 (Sunday) Passover (Pesach): April 19 (Tuesday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): May 1 (Sunday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 8 (Sunday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 9 (Monday) Lag B’Omer: May 22 (Sunday) Shavuot: June 8 (Wednesday) Tisha B’Av: August 9 (Tuesday) Rosh HaShanah 5771: September 29 (Thursday) Yom Kippur: October 8 (Saturday) Sukkot: October 13 (Thursday) Shemini Atzeret: October 20 (Thursday) Simchat Torah: October 21 (Friday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 21 (Wednesday)

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Index Advocacy groups 58-59 American Friends of The Hebrew University 60 American Friends of Magen David Adom 64 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 59 American Jewish Committee 58 American Technion Society 62 Anti-Defamation League 58 Association of Professional Jewish Artists 52 B’nai B’rith International, FL Gulf Coast Lodge 50, 97 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) 94 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission 96 Book Discussion Groups 20-21 Boomers+ 51 Brandeis National Committee – Sarasota Chapter 48 Calendar of Jewish-related live events at theaters 26 Calendar of community events 104-108 Camp Barney Medintz 90 Camp Coleman 91 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Sarasota 89 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Venice 91 Camp Shalom 92 Camps 89-92 Candle lighting times 109

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Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton Ranch 83 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 43 Chabad of Sarasota 41 Chabad of Sarasota Kaplan Preschool 81 Chabad of Sarasota Torah 4 Teens 95 Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 87 Chabad of Venice & North Port 45 Chabad of Venice Hebrew School 88 Chabad of Venice Teen Club 95 Chevra Kadisha 68 Classes 28-29, 32, 70-78 Comfort Keepers 68 Community history 102-103 Community services 98-100 Computers 4 Seniors Training 74 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 44 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 42 Congregation Ner Tamid 39 Congregation Ner Tamid’s Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School 84 Connecting to Communiteen® 96 Consulate General of Israel for Florida and Puerto Rico 65 Cooking classes 32 Culture 14-33 Education, adult 28-29, 32, 70-78 Education, children 80-93 enewsletter 15 Entertainment 15-18, 26 Film 16-18 Florence Melton Communiteen® High School 96 Florida Israel Chamber 62 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 63 Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai 80 Generations After 52 Goldie Feldman Academy 83 Hebrew/religious schools 83-88 Hillels of the Florida Suncoast 97 Holocaust Museum & Education Center 24 Holocaust programming 24, 30, 52 Hospice 68 IMPACT Sarasota 55 Israel Advocacy Initiative 65 Israel Bonds 61 Israel Connection 62-65 Jewish Center of Venice 38 Jewish Center of Venice Religious School 86 Jewish Community at Lakewood Ranch 54

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Cultural Centers/Performing Arts Jewish Museum of Florida 31 Players Theatre 32 Sarasota Ballet 3 Sarasota Film Festival 7 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 1 Venice Theatre 30

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Chabad Kaplan Preschool 81 GAN Preschool 81 Kramer & Aiello Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation 84 Paver Religious School 84 Temple Beth Sholom Schools 85

Funeral Homes Toale Brothers 68

Health/Medical Services

Steven Feldman, DDS 46 Richard Greenspan, DDS 75 Lakewood Ranch Premier Care 58 Manatee-Sarasota Eye Clinic 60 Optical Services 59 Sarasota Digestive Health Specialists 59 Urolology Treatment Center 4 Wigs & Post-Mastectomy of Sarasota 40

Home & Design

Builder’s Model Home Furniture 41 M.L. Gosling 48 mac design sarasota 58 Molly Maids 81 Prime Finds 71 Sleep King 54

Hotels

Hotel Indigo 73

Jewelers

The Family Jeweler 54

Media

The Radio Rabbi (Barbara Aiello) 29 Sarasota Magazine 92 SarasotaJnet 42

Organizations/Agencies

American Friends of The Hebrew University 79 American Technion 30 B’nai B’rith 37

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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 93 Hadassah - FL Central Region 98 Israel Bonds 86 Jewish National Fund 88 ORT America 47 Parents of North American Israelis 64 Simon Wiesenthal Center 53

Professional Services

Cove Cleaners 20 James Essenson, Esq. 65 Gollnick, Theo P.A. 42 Harmonious Weddings 69 Law Office of Adam Portnow 41 Udell Associates 77

Real Estate

Barbara Ackerman 33 Barbara Katz and Gina Wallwork 64 Ian Black Real Estate 43 Lakewood Ranch Communities Inside Front Cover Audrey Marten 30 Neal Communities 99 Property Solutions Group 55

Restaurants/Food/Catering Michael’s On East 2 Nellie’s Deli & Catering 33 Olam Café 72 Olive Tree Café & Bar 24 Paisano’s Italian Bakery 29 Polo Grill & Bar 44 Temple Beth Sholom Catering 48 TooJay’s 16

Senior Living Alternatives Kobernick/Anchin 49 Lakehouse West 76 Sarasota Bay Club Back Cover Savannah Grand 62

Senior Services

Comfort Keepers 37 Right at Home 63 SeniorBridge / Nursing Resources 69 Tidewell Hospice 67

Synagogues

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 25 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 19 Congregation Ner Tamid 21 Jewish Center of Venice 55 Temple Beth El Bradenton 71 Temple Beth El North Port 30 Temple Beth Israel 57 Temple Beth Sholom 93 Temple Emanu-El 27 Temple Sinai Inside Back Cover

Transportation

Blue Sky Limo Services 78 Siesta Trolley 87

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