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Connections2012 A Guide to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee Volume 2, No. 1 2012 Edition 124 pages USPS Permit No. 167

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halom and welcome to the second annual edition of Connections! The goal of Connections is to offer you a comprehensive directory that will enhance your “connection” to our Jewish community. We’ve updated and changed several of the listings from the 2011 edition, added several items, created new calendars and organized it a little differently. 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 edition. • 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. • Adeline Silverman, the volunteer proofreader of The Jewish News monthly newspaper and this publication. • The 70 advertisers who, through their support, helped pay for the cost of compiling, printing, mailing and distributing Connections. It was good to see over 40 repeat advertisers. • 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. While 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.

Ted Epstein

Connect with Connections! Email your comments, questions, kudos, criticism and suggestions to jewishnews@comcast.net. Or send a letter to: Connections Editor, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

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Table of Contents FEDERATION.............................................10-14

ADULT EDUCATION..................................74-86

From the Executive Director.................................................10 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.............11-14 The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative..14

ARTS & CULTURE.......................................16-37

News and Information ....................................................16-17 Entertainment - Film/Variety.........................................18-20 Book Discussion Groups.................................................22-23 Scholar-in-Residence......................................................24-25 Holocaust Programming......................................................26 Museums.............................................................................26-28 Speakers/Lectures...........................................................29-31 Calendar of live Jewish-related events at theaters...32-34 Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Games, etc...............................35-37

RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................38-50 ORGANIZATIONS......................................52-69

Special Interest Groups...................................................52-59 Advocacy Groups..............................................................62-63 Israel Connection..............................................................64-69

COMMUNITY SERVICES............................70-73

Jewish Family & Children’s Service.............................70-71 Senior Services.........................................................................72 Life Cycle and Other Resources...........................................73

Ongoing Classes................................................................74-80 Early 2012 Classes..............................................................81-86

EDUCATION - CHILDREN.........................88-101

Preschools.......................................................................88-90 Hebrew/Religious Schools.............................................91-96 Camps................................................................................97-101

Youth Groups.................................................................102-104 Federation Programs..................................................104-105

TEEN FOCUS..........................................102-105

JEWISH OUTREACH..............................106-107 CALENDAR............................................108-117

Community Events......................................................108-116 Candle Lighting Times........................................................117 Jewish Holidays.....................................................................117

INDEX....................................................118-119 DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.....................120 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.

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have had the privilege of serving our Jewish commu- cannot assume its existence. We must build it through: nity as the Executive Director of The Jewish Federation ÎÎ Jewish Futures – children, teens and their parents: of Sarasota-Manatee for eleven years. During that time, Today, when living a Jewish life is choice, our FederaI have connected with many volunteers and donors – the tion is heavily investing in our youth through the new backbone of our Federation. It is through their hard work Shapiro Teen Engagement Program, which provides and dedication that we are making this Jewish community funding for teen missions to Israel (Young Ambassaand our Sarasota-Manatee community a better dors, MASA, SKIP program, March of the Livplace to live. ing and Birthright Israel); Israel and leadership Change has been a constant in our Federaengagement opportunities (AIPAC’s Policy tion. Now it’s time to accelerate the pace of that Conference, BBYO, Hillels of the Florida Sunchange. Many light years ago – in the 1960s – coast and Panim El Panim); formal learning a young Jewish boy from Minnesota reminded opportunities (Communiteen® and JLI Teens); us that “the times, they are a changin’.” They and informal learning opportunities (Maccabi were then, they are now. Games, overnight Jewish camping and Jewish We live in a vibrant Jewish community; day camp). however, our vibrant Jewish community has ÎÎJewish Futures – the next generation: Our the potential to be so much better than it is. Federation is working diligently and enthusiHOWARD It’s a bit like our Jewish community today is astically throughout our community to make TEVLOWITZ Executive Director using a Walkman, while the world is listening Judaism a choice our next generation will willto an iPod. The music is playing, but it is a lot The Jewish Federation ingly embrace. Through a wide variety of social more cumbersome and limited than it needs of Sarasota-Manatee and informal learning opportunities, we are to be. I’m not simply talking about technolenabling our young adults to connect to their ogy – though using technology more widely, efficiently, and Judaism in ways relevant to them. effectively is certainly part of the reinvention we need. ÎÎ Social Services: Through Jewish Family and Children’s To make the change we need, our Federation has redeService, Federation supports case management/inforsigned its business model to rely more on value delivered as mation and referral services, visiting the sick in area well as validating risk and an experimental mindset. hospitals and nursing homes, a wide range of senior serFor preceding generations, fighting anti-Semitism, resvices, and counseling to Jewish individuals and families cuing persecuted Jews and supporting Israel continued to in crisis. provide a common focus that held us together as a commu- ÎÎ Jewish Education and Culture: Our Federation hosts nity. These activities, however, never addressed the steadily the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School to provide forincreasing challenge to Jewish identity posed by contempomal Jewish education for area adults; supports Chabad’s rary Jewish life. Without a strong connection to a vibrant Jewish Learning Institute; and is home to Computers 4 community, for many, being Jewish has become one of many Seniors and the newly formed Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva. activities – rather than a core identity that defines who we are Our Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) provides the and how we live. opportunity for women of all ages to meet others who Thus, Jewish community-building through programshare similar interests. In addition, Federation sponsors ming, strengthening and maintaining an open, engaged, the Jewish Book Festival, Jewish Film Festival, Jewish vibrant Jewish community is the central and overarchsingles programs, Holocaust Awareness/Generations ing priority and purpose of our Federation. In our parents’ After programs, and other engagement opportunities. and grandparents’ time, community was a given. Today, we Through a wide range of community partnerships with

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Federation the Van Wezel, Embracing Our Differences (EOD), Florida Studio Theatre, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Film Festival, WEDU, and Selby Gardens, Federation sponsors Jewish-themed programming available for the entire community. ÎÎ Israel: Israel is the heart and soul of our Jewish Federation. Through our Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI), Federation volunteers and staff conduct outreach within the Jewish and general communities, fostering Israel education and awareness, and providing a forum for dealing with anti-Semitism in our community and throughout the world.

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So, at the end of the day, I have to ask…are we ready to challenge the status quo? Are we ready to assert that we cannot rest on our laurels? Are we ready to reach towards a Jewish future that can allow us to remain a dynamic and caring community? Per 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, 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 Yehudi, 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 non-profit organization dedicated to providing connection, advocacy, education and care for anyone in need through its network of Jewish and secular community partners.

Annual Campaign

The fundraising arm of the Federation is organized to secure maximum funds to meet the financial needs of its local, regional, national and overseas humanitarian organizations and partner agencies. Our Federation continues to meet the challenges of modern Jewish life and provides the necessary financial resources needed to fund the myriad of services, programs and activities demanded of us in order to not only sustain, but to continue to 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 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.” 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.

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Federation 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 community. However, while Jews give generously to religious, secular and political causes, fewer are contributing to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. 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 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.

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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 order to deepen our community’s connection to the State of Israel, our Federation has entered into partnerships with the city of Kiryat Yam and the Daniel Center in Tel Aviv. The goal is to form a “living bridge” between the Jewish communities in Sarasota-Manatee and Israel in order to foster friendship, understanding, awareness and an ongoing exchange about the Jewish experience as Americans and as Israelis. These partnerships will allow for vibrant cultural, educational and economic exchange between the communities. To further enhance our relationship with Israel, the Federation offers ongoing cultural and educational programs featuring Israeli speakers and entertainers. These programs offer Sarasota-Manatee residents a taste of Israeli culture right here at home.

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 and 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.

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 and February, brings world renowned, critically acclaimed authors to the community to speak about Israel, the Holocaust,

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Federation women’s issues, entertainment 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) division, takes place each December. The event attracts over 300 women of all ages with intellectually stimulating speakers and delicious food. Past speakers include Linda Hooper, Tiffany Schlain and Iris Krasnow. The Jewish Film Festival will take place March 11-15, 2012. 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 is now recognized as one of the leading Jewish community newspapers in the country. Published monthly, The Jewish News 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 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 also be viewed online at www.jfedsrq.org. We welcome editorial submissions and advertising from the community. For editorial information, please contact jewishnews@comcast.net; for advertising information, contact Robin Leonardi at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x114 or rleonardi@jfedsrq.org.

Virtual Communications

Federation reaches out to the entire community through its online gateway, www.jfedsrq.org, the Federation’s comprehensive website. Here, visitors can find details about Federation programs and special events, a community calendar, national and international news, and much more. This year, the Federation debuted its blog, www.jfedsrq.wordpress.com, offering the community the ability to engage in conversation with one another in a virtual environment. The Federation’s online presence extends to its Facebook page (facebook.com/ jfedsrq), Twitter (twitter.com/jfedsrq), as well as a weekly enewsletter highlighting upcoming programs and current events, which reaches over 4,000 households. To sign up for the enewsletter, register at www.jfedsrq.org or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org.

March 25-27, 2012: 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 party in Sin City. Registration prior to Jan. 20, 2012 is $450. Hotel is $109 per night. *The Federation will offer a $1,000 subsidy per person to the first 10 applicants who contribute at least $180 to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Certain restrictions apply.

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Federation 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; 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 transformed

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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he Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI) was created by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to deal with Israel education and advocacy efforts both locally and abroad. These efforts include advocating for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness; raising consciousness of, and actively confronting anti-Semitism on a global level; and directly addressing anti-Israel activities in Sarasota-Manatee. 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, continues to

combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement through a wide variety of educational and advocacy opportunities. The international BDS 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. The Heller IAI also serves as the Federation’s Community Relations Council, 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. The Heller IAI accomplishes its goals through: educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public officials. The Heller IAI’s in-depth website, www. helleriai.org, provides quick access to Jewish world news, action items, upcoming event details, and a forum for reporting anti-Semitic incidents. For more information, contact Geneve Kallins at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or gkallins@jfedsrq.org.

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“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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Israel needs your support. From the ‘67 borders to the Gaza flotillas to Gilad Shalit’s release - Israel’s shining democracy in the Middle East is under constant threat. you can help. Be informed. Engage in discussion with those who are misinformed. Contact local media and political representatives regarding Israel policy. The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative provides the tools you need.

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Arts & Culture News and Information Jewish News monthly newspaper

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he Jewish News of SarasotaManatee, 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 local is happening that is Jewish-related, you’ll find out about it in the pages of The Jewish News. The newspaper, first published over 40 years ago, has gone through several design, paper, size and editorial changes. Most issues have between 40 and 48 pages; two 52-pages issues in 2011 were 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 is the place they turn to for Federation updates, community news, Jewish Happenings, photos of recent events, features on local leaders, 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 nearly 9,000 Jewish households in the area and is also available at the Federation offices, local synagogues, senior living facilities, and area libraries. It

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can also be found at the Federation website (www.jfedsrq.org), where readers can view the current and past issues in a unique online 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 x100 or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org. For advertising information, contact Robin Leonardi at 941.371.4546 x114 or rleonardi@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. 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 Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s third annual Jewish Film Festival will be held on March 11-15. The event, presented in partnership with the well-established Sarasota Film Festival, will feature five films shown in locations throughout the two-county area. These five speciallychosen films will expose viewers to a variety of historical events and human experiences that can inform our thinking, expand our perspectives, make us feel hopeful and sorrowful, cause us to laugh and to cry, and invite us to look both inside ourselves and outside to the wider world of the Jewish people. For more information, visit www. jfedsrq.org or contact Geneve Kallins at the Federation at gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105.

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abbi Azriel Fellner’s career as a rabbi has taken him from Alaska to Tennessee, from New Jersey to California. For the last two decades, Rabbi Fellner has lectured on movies for synagogues, community centers such as the 92nd Street Y and educational institutions around the country. Rabbi Fellner returns to Sarasota on January 16 and 17 to present three films (Black Swan, The Confession and Tree of Life) which deal metaphorically with the Biblical Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge as they touch upon our lives. The films reveal the continuing struggle to find meaning and purpose, justice and righteousness, and a voice which tells us we are not alone in the universe. For details, locations and tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org or contact Jessica Katz at the Federation at jkatz@jfedsrq. org or 941.371.4546 x123.

Jewish Heritage Video Collection

The Jewish Heritage Video Collection consists of 200+ videos. It is open and available to the entire community as it was at the JCC. It is housed at the Goldie Feldman Academy at the Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) Idelson Adult Library. The videos may be circulated at no charge for up to three weeks and then renewed if necessary. A complete list is available on the TBS website. Visit www.templebethsholomfl.org, click Education, and then Library to see categories and descriptions. Call 941.379.0429 for an appointment or to reserve videos. 18

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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 Madeline Sainer Social Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons and include a presentation by a speaker knowledgeable on the subject. The Men’s Club offers a light lunch at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are required for lunch and a $5 donation for lunch would be appreciated. Please call the temple office at 941.955.8121 for more information. Upcoming screenings: January 25: Strangers No More – which earned the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. We are grateful to Harold and Valerie Joels for bringing this film to us. After the film, Mr. Harold Joels will speak about his involvement with the film. February 22: Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber March 21: Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Grey

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fortable seating, Temple Emanu-El is a center of Jewish film in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Under the direction of Adult Education Committee chair Eunice Cohen, Temple Emanu-El frequently offers thought-provoking, enjoyable and stimulating films of Jewish interest. Often these movies are screened for the first time in Sarasota at the synagogue, and are accompanied by speakers or discussions related to the film. The Temple holds an annual Summer Film Series, which draws attendees from all over the community for monthly movies and, of course, popcorn and lemonade. For more information about the Adult Education Committee’s films, please contact Eunice Cohen at 941.349.4367. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood also hosts an annual night of film at its popular Dinner and a Movie event. Chaired by Sharon Alcock, this year’s Dinner and a Movie will be held on Saturday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. The community is warmly invited.

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emple Sinai will host a documentary film series, with dinner, a movie and discussion with Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting. The films are from the Sam Gross Collection of renowned documentaries on the events of Jewish people and their worldwide dispersal from the second century to modern times. Featured films: March 25: Jews of Iran – RSVP by March 11 April 29: The Cochin Jews of India – RSVP by April 15 Dinners begin at 5:00 p.m. The films begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a discussion with Rabbi Huntting. To register, send your check made payable to Temple Sinai to Helen Spindler, 1792 Pine Harrier Circle, Sarasota,

Arts & Culture FL 34231. For more information and costs, call Janet Tolbert at 941.388.9624 or Helen Spindler at 941.929.7422.

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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 chapter has a Sunday evening movie group. The very knowledgeable facilitator is Jordan Shifrin. For information, call Marsha Halpern at 941.907.3744 or Lynn Harris at 941.753.5548.

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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 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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Entertainment - Variety free for TBI members. Seating is on a Opera Night 2012 “Live from NY’s first-come, first-seated basis. Doors nd ach February, the Men’s Club open at 7:00 p.m. and the simulcasts 92 Street Y” of Temple Beth Israel welcomes

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Sarasota Opera for Opera Night. This year, Opera Night will be held on February 21 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 talented young people perform as Studio Artists. Reserved seating is available for sponsors at $60. General admission tickets are $30. Seating is limited to 300. Contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org for more information.

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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 dialogue among the greatest thinkers, leaders and artists of our times. 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;

begin at 8:00. Contact Temple Beth Israel at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org for more information.

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very year, Beth Israel Women (BIW) of Temple Beth Israel hosts a Fashion Show Luncheon where Temple members strut their stuff down the runway. This year’s event will be held on February 6 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Produced by Saks Fifth Avenue, the fashion show will feature a long catwalk and lively music for a fabulously, entertaining experience. The BIW Fashion Show Luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and require a reservation. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428.

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CJW (National Council of Jewish Women) SarasotaManatee Section members enjoy vibrant and thought-provoking book discussion gatherings the second Monday of each month at 1:15 p.m. at Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtis Ave at Gulf Gate Dr. For more information on becoming a member of NCJW (only $35 yearly) or about the book group, contact Betty Cahall at 941.349.2039 or bboop907@ yahoo.com. Upcoming discussions include: January 9: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, to be led by Deanie Erb February 13: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, to be led by Lenore

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he Books and Brown Bag Bunch, hosted by Beth Israel Women (BIW), is a popular book club that meets at noon 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. BIW provides coffee and dessert. The result is delightful camaraderie, intellectual stimulation, and insights into the many facets of Jewish experience the world over. Upcoming discussions include: January 9: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer February 13: The Fruit of Her Hands by Michelle Cameron March 12: Nemesis by Philip Roth April 9: By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan For more information, please visit www.tbi-lbk.org or contact Books and Brown Bag Bunch co-Chairs Gloria Sabin at 941.387.0316 or Linda Berliner at 941.383.4619.

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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. If you are interested in joining a warm group of people to discuss books, 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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ol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist congregation in Sarasota, is now engaged in its third year of the very successful “Books and Bagels” program. This reading group focuses on books by Jewish and Israeli authors or topics. Selections alternate between fiction and non-fiction and try to cover many historical eras, from Biblical times to the present. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday at different members’ homes, where a brunch of bagels, lox and other breakfast treats and beverages fortifies the participants. Each month a different member volunteers to facilitate the discussion, which is always lively and stimulating. For more information, please call 941.244.2042.

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emple Beth Sholom’s Idelson Library offers a lively Book Review and Discussion. This program is held in the Library beginning at 1:15 p.m. Light Refreshments are sponsored by the Men’s Club. Upcoming discussions include: January 4: Marshall Bernstein will review The Eichmann Trial by Deborah Lipstadt. February 1: Marty Cohn will review Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole. March 7: Dr. Barbara Steinbach will review The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Anyone interested in reading and discussing these books is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the temple office at 941.955.8121.

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cholar-in Residence, Rabbi Adam Chalom, Dean of the North America International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, will present four lectures during the weekend of January 20-22 at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Chalom is one of the leaders of Humanistic Judaism with a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Michigan. He serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. His topic, “The Evolution of Judaism: Tribe and Tradition to Community and Culture,” will address many of the questions posed by Jews today. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Shabbat celebration and Opening session, “Judaism – Creation or Evolution?” (free) Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. - noon (Session A): “From Tribal Religion to Cultural Diversity” Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Session B): “Challenges and Choices of Emancipation and Enlightenment” Sunday, January 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Session C): “Traumas and Triumphs of the 20th Century” All sessions will be held at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. The cost is $15 per session or $40 for all three sessions. Make your check payable to CHJ, please note Scholar-inResidence, and indicate which sessions you will attend. Send your check to CHJ, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231.

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n Friday, February 24, Rabbi Joshua Boettiger will speak on “Do Denominations Still Matter: Reconstructionism Post-2011.” His Saturday, February 25 topic will be “To Choose or Not to Choose.” Rabbi Boettiger, ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2006, is the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Bennington, Vermont. A great grandson of FDR, Rabbi Boettiger has been active in human rights and interfaith organizations. The March Scholar is Dr. Rachel Dulin, visiting professor of Judaica and feminism at New College. On Friday, March 23, her topic will be “Getting Old in Biblical Times.” On Saturday, March 24, she will discuss “Women and Biblical Law.” Born in Israel and educated in Israel and the United States, she is a dramatic and gifted instructor. These lectures, including a Friday night dinner and Saturday luncheon, are open to all, but reservations are necessary. Please call 941.244.2012 to make a reservation or for additional information.

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emple Beth Israel’s Scholar-in-Residence program will feature Mark E. Washofsky Ph.D. Dr. Washofsky is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Dr. Washofsky has been a member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 1985, most recently serving as Professor of Rabbinics, specializing in the literature of the Talmud and Jewish law. He received his rabbinical ordination (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) from HUC-JIR. Dr. Washofsky chairs the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American rabbis, which was founded in 1906 by Kaufmann Kohler and empowered by its most prolific writer, Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof. His extensive publications include Jewish Living and Practice (URJ Press, 2000), Teshuvot for the Nineties (with W. Gunther Plaut, CCAR, 1997), and essays and articles on Reform rabbinic responsa, Jewish bioethics, outreach and conversion, prayer in the vernacular, abortion, medieval and liberal Halakhah, the right to die, and AIDS and ethical responsibility, among others. Dr. Washofsky’s weekend Theme is “The Halakhah and Reform Judaism.” SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m.: “Reform Judaism and the Halakhah: The Enduring Connection” Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m.: “The Responsa Literature: How Jewish Law Responds to the Challenges of Every Age” Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m.: “Cloning and Human Stem Cell Research: What Halakhah Can Teach Us” Note: The Sunday Morning lecture is preceded by breakfast. Advance reservations are required. Please call 941.383.3428 or stop in at the temple office to reserve your space. Temple Beth Israel’s Scholar-in-Residence Program is free and open to the public. A small fee will be charged for breakfast.

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Holocaust Programming For information on any of the programs below, please contact Orna Nissan at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org.

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he Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died during the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The central focus of the Museum’s mission is to educate others, especially future generations, about the Holocaust, other genocides, and human rights abuses that have occurred throughout history. The Museum accomplishes this through many established educational processes that include art, artifacts, testimony and literature.

he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee hosts the annual Holocaust Survivors’ Luncheon. Traditionally held during Hanukkah, the event brings more than 150 Holocaust survivors and their families together to remember and commemorate their journey of Exhibitions survival and their passion for life. Through a collection of photographs, testimonies and historical artifacts relating to the Holocaust, visitors are guided through the comprehensive core exhibit, which is divided into he Generations After group is an organization of detwelve areas. It takes visitors from the flourishing days of prescendants of Holocaust survivors whose mission is war life of Eastern Europe, through the events of the Holoto raise awareness of the Holocaust and related iscaust, concentration camps and, ultimately, the birth of the sues, provide a Speaker’s Bureau for various topics on the State of Israel. Holocaust, and participate in community events and eduLocated in the central atrium of the exhibition space and cational forums. The group, sponsored by The Jewish Fedresting on railroad tracks from Treblinka, is Auschwitz Boxeration of Sarasota-Manatee, holds monthly meetings to car #113 0695-5, which was once used by the Nazis to transprovide members an outlet to share experiences and learn port Jews and other men, women, and children to the killing techniques to retell the stories of the Holocaust to family, centers. friends and the community. General information For more information, visit www.generationsafter.com. The Florida Holocaust Museum was instrumental in shaping and passing legislation to mandate Holocaust education in Florida public schools. More than 160,000 people have viewed he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee part27 different exhibits. Twenty-five hundred teachers have reners partners annually with local philanthropists ceived Holocaust education training from the Museum, and and the Sarasota Public School System to display a more than 100,000 students have visited the Museum. Holocaust boxcar at an area school. The boxcar is open to The Museum offers the following services: Author Lecture students, parents and community members for touring and Series, Community Outreach Speakers Bureau, Survivor Sereducational opportunities. In 2012, the boxcar will be on vices, Traveling Exhibits, Video Testimonies, Library, Generadisplay at Goldie Feldman Academy. tions After (children and grandchildren of survivors).

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Docent-led tours are available for schools and groups of ten or more by appointment. This guided tour includes the theater, permanent exhibition, changing exhibition gallery, library he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is and memorial rooms. committed to providing Holocaust education and Location and hours awareness programs for our community. To that The Museum is located at 55 Fifth Street South in downtown end, the Federation sponsors annual Kristallnacht and St. Petersburg. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, except Yom HaShoah programs. on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas The multi-faceted, community-wide Yom HaShoah and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 727.820.0100 event will be held at a temple, and features readings, prayers or visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org. and music.

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he 2011-2012 Season marks the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida. From its genesis as a middle school art exhibit, the Museum has grown into an integral part of the educational community in our region. The Museum’s collection includes over 1,000 authentic photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the Holocaust, highlighting the experiences of local survivors and liberators.

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.

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.holocaustmuseumswfl.org.

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January 5 - 31: Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank is a collection of original artwork by Sanibel, Florida, artist Myra Roberts. Accompanying the exhibit is a book by Fort Myers journalist Ella Nayor, examining episodes of intolerance from the Holocaust through today. February 6 - March 2: Venice, Florida, artist Bill Farnsworth donated a collection of artwork to the Museum in 2011 entitled Painting the Irena Sendler Story, and the collection will be on display. March 12 - April 6: The Museum will host the Sylvia Horwitz photography collection, Desaparecidos: A Tribute to Argentina’s Disappeared. June 1 - July 31: The American Cartoonists: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust exhibit explores the use of political cartoons and comic book heroes in the fight against the Nazi regime.

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his is the only museum telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish life. Jewish Museum of Florida on South Beach is housed in two lovingly restored buildings that were formerly synagogues for Miami Beach’s first congregation. Both on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1936 Art Deco building features Jewish historical exhibits and boasts

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: Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Director, 305.672.5044 x3180 or director@jewishmuseum.com Website: www.jewishmuseum.com 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative will present An Evening with Walid Shoebat on January 9 at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Shoebat is a former Muslim PLO terrorist who participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel; he was later imprisoned in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem’s central prison for incitement and violence against Israel. Shoebat later converted to Christianity and set out to tirelessly bring the cause of Israel to tens of thousands of people throughout the world. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org or contact Geneve Kallins at the Federation at gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105.

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sota-Manatee will host Dennis Prager, syndicated columnist, author and one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts, at 7:00 p.m. on February 15. The event is sponsored by the Federation’s Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org or contact Geneve Kallins at the Federation at gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105.

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Arts & Culture to be an exciting journey to both past and future. Lectures are free and open to the public. January 15: “Life is Full of Stories” with video by Ruth Adler Schnee February 19: “To Tell or Not to Tell” with Robin Seidenberg March 20: “Write Your Family History NOW!” with Mike Karsen April 15: “Bintel Briefs” with Alice Cotman, Karen Gary, Elyse Diamond, Rosalie Leon and Martha Kesler May 20: “Delta Jews of Mississippi” with Rabbi Allan Schwartzman Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kim Sheintal, President JGS of SW FL, at 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol. com. To learn more about JGS, visit www.jgsswf.org.

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habad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch’s dynamic Jewish Women’s Circle (JWC), designed for the contemporary woman, 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 Women & Wisdom group, and various other special women’s events such as holiday gatherings and social outings to explore Jewish themes. Highlighting its yearly activities is JWC’s annual gala evening celebrating the Jewish Woman, an evening of Song

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Speakers/Lectures and Dance with famous Jewish singer Chana’le. 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. For more information about the Jewish Women’s Circle in Bradenton, contact Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadofbradenton.com, or visit www.chabadofbradenton.com.

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njoy coffee, bagel and a schmear with your friends. Temple Beth Sholom’s “Bios and Bagels” is a Sunday Morning Symposium on Jewish Icons, held monthly from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. The group discusses famous Jewish persons from the present and the past. Presentations are given by knowledgeable individuals and followed by a discussion and Q&A session. Upcoming discussions include:

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January 8: “Henrietta Szold – Founder of Hadassah celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012,” presented by Adeline Silverman Feb. 26: “Baruch Spinoza – The life of a medieval philosopher who was excommunicated by the Amsterdam Jewish Community,” presented by Dr. Jonathan Shagrin March 25: “Hannah Senesh – Young Poet and playwright who fought in the Resistance and lost her life saving Hungarian Jews,” presented by Barbara Shagrin April 29: “David Harris – Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, writer, radio commentator and human rights activist,” presented by Sue Jacobson There is no fee and the public is welcome. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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emple Emanu-El is proud to host the synagogue premiere of The Bintel Brief, an original musical program based on the Yiddish advice column of the Daily Forward, on Sunday, January 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Thousands of Jewish immigrants, bewildered by life in a new country, wrote to the paper’s founding editor, Abraham Cahan. He answered with practical and often very wise advice. These questions and answers are the basis of this presentation, which features Rosalie Leon, Elyse Diamond, Martha Kessler, Karen Gary and Alice Cotman. Cotman describes the presentation as “a beautiful program, with musical interludes, and interactive, as we read the questions and sometimes ask the audience what the advice should be.” She noted that The Bintel Brief was enthusiastically received by an audience of ORT members in an April 2010 performance on the Jewish Federation campus. Admission for The Bintel Brief is $5. For more information, please call 941.349.4367.

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ach month, the Idelson Library features the interesting life of a Temple Beth Sholom member. Presentations are at 1:15 p.m. and take place in the Idelson Library, located in the Goldie Feldman Academy Building at Temple Beth Sholom. The community is invited to attend. The schedule

is as follows: Monday, January 9: Kurt Weiss Thursday, February 16: Hazzan Jeffrey Weber Thursday, March 15: Miriam Tabachnik For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Sholom office at 941.955.8121.

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Calendar of live events at local theaters featuring Jewish artists or themes January 2012

6 - February 29 Once in a Lifetime – Three down-and-out vaudeville performers abandon their struggling act in New York and head to Hollywood, hoping to make it big. Their ticket to fortune: teaching silent movie stars with terrible voices how to speak and articulate with the onset of the talkies. It’s a brilliant scheme, so what could possibly

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

go wrong? Only everything! Considered one of the best collaborations by Broadway luminaries George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, this screwball spoof melds the worlds of theatre and film in brilliant style and became the basis of the film Singin’ in the Rain. www.asolorep.org 10-29 Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The longestrunning musical revue ever! Featuring nine powerful performers and nearly 40 of the greatest rock ’n’ roll and R & B songs ever recorded. Exploring the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great music – it’s compelling musical theatre. Words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. www.venicestage.com

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Manatee Players, Inc. 102 12th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205 941.748.0111 www.manateeplayers.com

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13 - April 6 God of Carnage – A triple Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, God of Carnage is a savvy thrill ride that thrusts you into the most perilous terrain on earth: parenthood. After their young sons get into a playground fight, two sets of parents meet to discuss the problem over appetizers. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly descends into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an evening as the two couples

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The Players Theatre 838 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941.365.2494 www.theplayers.org

Venice Theatre 140 West Tampa Ave. Venice, FL 34285 941.488.1115 www.venicestage.com

12-22 Dear World – The forces of idealism and love trump greed in this Jerry Herman masterpiece. Based on The Madwoman of Chaillor. Featured songs include I Don’t Want to Know and Dear World. www.theplayers.org

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Live events at local theaters battle for ethical superiority. This sleek new comedy is from playwright Yasmina Reza. www.asolorep.org

25 Damn Yankees – Seven-time Tony Award-winner, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. www.vanwezel.org

20 - April 26 Yentl – A play based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer. In 19th century Eastern Europe, options for young women are few, and education is forbidden. But Yentl has been able to secretly pursue her studies under the tutelage of her father. After he dies, her only hope of achieving her dreams is to disguise herself as a boy. When she falls in love, Yentl must decide whether or not to reveal the truth. (some mature themes) Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. www.asolorep.org

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14 An evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, two of Broadway’s theatre legends, having both won a Tony for their performances in the groundbreaking Evita. www.vanwezel.org 16-26 A Chorus Line – This 1975 musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line won nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. www.theplayers.org

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4 A Jew Grows in Brooklyn – A smash hit in the heart of Broadway, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is an engaging comedy musical about the search for identity and meaning. The highly acclaimed show chronicles the life of Jake Ehrenreich, a uniquely talented American-born child of Holocaust survivors. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. www.vanwezel.org 19 Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home For the Holidays... the therapy continues! Still In Therapy is the next hilarious installment in Steve Solomon’s quest to defend himself against those whose continued on next page

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Arts & Culture sole purpose in life is to add chaos to his. In this hysterical prequel, we’ll meet Uncle Willie, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve’s new therapist, Cousin Sal (and Sal’s parole officer) and a myriad of astounding characters we know, love and tolerate. www.vanwezel.org 22-23 The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein – The classic Mel Brooks movie is alive...and it’s headed here! You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production – a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend that attempts to create a monster, but not without scary and hilarious complications. www.vanwezel.org 28 - April 22 Red – “What do you see?” painter Mark Rothko asks in the opening line of John Logan’s enthralling, Tony Award-winning play. This

Live events at local theaters becomes the central question in this compelling theatrical depiction of one of the 20th century’s most important and complex artists. The play is set in 1958 at Rothko’s studio in the Bowery. (some mature language and themes) www.asolorep.org 28 Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Awardwinning classic, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. www.vanwezel.org

4 - June 3 Jericho – Set in and around Manhattan. In 2005, a Jewish 9/11 survivor and a Palestinian 9/11 widow find themselves embroiled in one family’s personal and political dramas. With surprising humor and wit, Jericho reminds us that all struggles are ultimately personal. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. www.floridastudiotheatre.org

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3-4 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific – Based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production, set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened

Community Reception With Amy Hirshberg Lederman

Thursday, January 19, 2012 • 7pm Beatrice Friedman Theater • $5/person

My Grandmother’s Candlesticks: Passing the Flame from One Generation to the Next What are the values you hope to pass on to your children, grandchildren and those you love? What steps can you take to ensure that your values live on in your family and community? By sharing the creation of her story, “My Grandmother’s Candlesticks,” featured in Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul, Amy will help us explore the answer to these questions and understand how our role as Jewish philanthropists can make all the difference in the world.

RSVP: www.jfedsrq.org The Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232

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by the realities of the time. The beloved score includes Some Enchanted Evening and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. www.vanwezel.org

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8-20 Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhry’s sentimental comedy spans 25 years in the lives of a stubborn Southern matriarch and her proud chauffeur. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and adapted into an Oscar-winning film. www.venicestage.com

For a calendar of major Jewish Federation community events plus select events from area synagogues and organizations open to the entire community, see pages 108 - 116.

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Arts & Culture Fun & Games an afternoon of fun competitive sports. Sports, Games, ORT Game Day For more information on these acf you enjoy Mah Jongg, Scrabble, tivities, please call the Social Commitand Gatherings Rummikub, backgammon or cards, tee chair at 941.379.1997. for Young Families you will enjoy the ORT Game Day. Mark your calendar for the Gulfsidender the direction of the Reli- ORT Casino Night Palm ORT Annual Game Day on Jangious School Social Commit“Monaco Comes uary 11 at Laurel Oak Country Club tee, Temple Emanu-El offers (2700 Gary Player Boulevard, Sarasports, games, and even a dance, to to Sarasota”

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araMana ORT Chapter brings Monaco to Sarasota for a spectacular Casino Night that the entire community can enjoy. This event will be held at Michael’s On East at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. Featured will be Phil Mancini’s gourmet food choices, open bar and your favorite casino gambling games. Come in festive attire for a fun evening. For prices and more information, please contact Susan Benson-Steenbarger at sbensonmolnar@aol.com or 941.373.3876.

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sota). Come for a delightful day while supporting ORT schools and programs. $29 per person includes lunch, refreshments and game tables. Welcome begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by a buffet lunch with a bountiful array of salads, fresh fruit and desserts. Bring your own game equipment. Bring your friends. If you do not have a full table, the hosts will try to put a table together for you. Reservation deadline is January 4. For more information, call Marlies Gluck-Upton at 941.371.5522.

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ll classes are interactive with tastings of the dishes prepared. Grab your friends or spouse and bring your enthusiasm to these fun-filled adventures in the kitchen! Classes are Wednesdays from 5:30 7:00 p.m. in the Temple Sinai Religious School kitchen. Individual class fee is $18 for Temple Sinai members; $25 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline is one week prior to each class; a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 per class. January 11 – Jewish Chinese Food: We all love Chinese Food. Now you can make some of your own healthy versions. March 14 – Passover Delights: The focus will be on preparing simple,

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Arts & Crafts, Cooking, etc... delicious dishes to make your Passover dinners even better. To register for classes, send your check, payable to Temple Sinai, with your name, phone number and email address, to Temple Sinai, Attention: Adult Ed, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34231. Your payment is registration confirmation. Come be inspired Temple Sinai members Chef ’s Alyson and Mark Zildjian! For more information, contact Zildjian Catering at 941.363.1709.

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ollowing the success of last year’s inaugural event, which drew 150 attendees from all over the community, the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El is pleased to announce the second annual Interfaith Tea on

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Wednesday, May 9 at the synagogue. The community is warmly invited to attend this special cultural program. While enjoying tea and homemade sweets, attendees will hear from a panel of local women representing various faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Mennonite, Baha’i, Quakerism, Hinduism and humanism. These women will explain their religious traditions and beliefs, as well as the ritual and ceremonial objects associated with their practices. There will be opportunities for questions and answers as well as casual socializing. The Sisterhood Interfaith Tea is hosted in cooperation with the Women’s Interfaith Network and is chaired by Dorothy Quint and Marion Goldsmith. For more information or to make a reservation, please call event co-chair Dorothy Quint at 941.359.9417.

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t the Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) Annual Food Festival, held in February, ”Deli-licious” is the word for corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, chicken soup with matzo balls, brisket platter, blintzes, latkes, stuffed cabbage, herring, chopped liver, kugel and home-baked treats. The Festival also includes a fabulous flea market, jewelry sale, raffles,

tainment of Jewish-themed music. Visitors enjoy an outdoor lunch in beautiful weather, with tents available in case of rain. By afternoon, the take-out counter does a brisk business as families bring home enough for a full-course dinner. There’s free admission and free parking on JCV’s spacious 10-acre campus. The Food Festival has been drawing crowds of over 5,000 guests from all across the South County area. For more information, please call Beata Hulliger at the Jewish Center of Venice at 941.484.2022, or visit www. jewishcenterofvenice.org.

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eld annually, this event spotlights the Jewish Center of Venice’s (JCV) many gifted members, who are interested in displaying and selling their work. Photography, woodcarving, weaving, metalwork, sewing, knitting, jewelry, painting, ceramics and decorative foods are featured. This festival is usually held in early December as a Hanukkah gift-buying opportunity. For more information, please contact Beata Hulliger at 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net.

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emple Beth Sholom is a full-service synagogue which offers a variety of worship services. Everyone is welcome find a Jewish home at Temple Beth Sholom. Temple Beth Sholom is a dynamic, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue grounded in Jewish values, and focused on meeting the religious, educational and social needs of the community. Today, the temple has evolved into a Jewish cultural center, complete with a preschool, day school and religious school. It sponsors youth programs aligned with United Synagogue Youth. There are many adult educational offerings and cultural series, including Torah study classes, Hebrew discussion groups, book reviews and a film series. An on-site Kosher facility is available for catering. Temple Beth Sholom offers a daily minyan, which is a perfect way to start the day – prayer, contemplation and social interaction. The temple is proud that its egalitarian minyan meets every day, 365 days a year. Friday night services welcome the Shabbat through

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a combination of holiness, spirit, prayers, singing and learning that last about an hour. The service begins at 6:00 p.m. and is followed by a light dinner and an Oneg Shabbat where congregants have the opportunity to socialize. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:00 a.m., and may include participation by B’nai Mitzvah students, individuals with special simchas or guest lecturers. The entire service typically lasts about two and a half hours. Following the service, everyone is invited to join the sit-down Kiddush luncheon with the entire Temple Beth Sholom community. Babysitting is available. A very active Sisterhood sponsors many temple activities and has semimonthly Rosh Chodesh and general meetings. The Sisterhood also manages a full-service 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, including the popular Kosher-for-Passover BBQ. There are many significant events that occur in Jewish life. You can rely on Temple Beth Sholom to share your greatest joys and to provide comfort in life’s most difficult times.

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Rabbi Joel Mishkin

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 Jeffrey Weber • 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 6:00 p.m.; Shabbat Minyan 7:45 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat 9:00 a.m. • Kosher Catering • Judaica Shop • Idelson Adult Library • Special Programs/Features: Day School, Preschool, Religious School, Adult Education, Havurot, Congregational Learning, Shabbat Dinners, Lifecycle Events, Cemetery

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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 preschool erational membership. It operates the is fully licensed, NAC accredited, Judaica Shop, has monthly luncheons, and is one of the premier Pre- and offers a variety of programs. The Temple Sinai Men’s Club schools in Sarasota County.

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promotes fellowship through quality programs and social activities, including lectures, sport outings and family get-togethers. Dedicated to the dynamic Reform Jewish tradition, the warmth and caring of the temple family promotes a passion for social justice, and continual innovation in congregational life.

The Ark as viewed from the sanctuary – the unique design of the Ark, with glass enclosure and doors, allows the natural flora outside the sanctuary to show through

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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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 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” 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, and Adult Education Committee oversee an abundance of original programs for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. From fascinating classes to adult B’nai Mitzvah study, from interfaith dinners to Mitzvah Day, from cookoffs to family beach picnics, from getting-to-know-you luncheons to men’s night out, from holiday celebrations to reaching out to those in need, Temple Emanu-El offers endless opportunities for learning, socializing, worshipping, celebrating, and supporting one another Jewishly. There is a place for everyone at Temple Emanu-El!

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ongregation Kol HaNeshama (KH) resonates with passion, community and nurturing the Jewish soul. Reconstructionism is contemporary Judaism that enables congregants to fulfill their individual intellectual, spiritual and emotional needs. It is respectful of traditional observance but also open to new interpretations and forms of religious expression. Rabbi Kol HaNeshDr. Goldie Milgram ama was founded in 2007 by a group of families seeking a more relaxed, participatory and mindful Jewish experience, where each person shapes the outcome. KH celebrates Shabbat at weekly services. Lively musical Friday nights alternate with Shabbat morning services, characterized by congregational discussion of contemporary insights from the weekly Torah reading. C ongregants then share a potluck lunch.

Monthly “Lunch and Learn” sessions at members’ homes include a short service followed by a lay-led Torah discussion. Other programs include Shabbat dinners, Books and Bagels, Adult Education, Scholar-in-Residence and Jewish Meditation. The religious school at Kol HaNeshama is designed to help families deepen their understanding and enjoyment of Judaism through a curriculum in which guardians Student Rabbi and students Jennifer Singer learn together. KH is led by Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, noted author and educator, graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, who also received ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of Jewish Renewal.

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habad of Sarasota and Mana- three courses on contemporary issues, tee Counties is a traditional Kabbalah classes meet Wednesday synagogue where Jews of all mornings at 10:15 a.m., and the Tobackgrounds are welcome. Chabad of rah Portion class is held on Saturdays Sarasota’s success is based on the fact at 9:30 a.m. For children, Chabad offers that Chabad is not a particular brand of the Weinstein Religious School and ToJudaism. It’s an outlook. rah For Teens, which meet on WednesUnder the leaderday afternoons. ship of Rabbi Chaim Chabad’s Kaplan Preand Sara Steinmetz, who school offers a Jewish atfounded the synagogue mosphere for children in 1990, along with Presages 2-5; registration is ident Dr. Barry Stein and ongoing throughout the Board members, Chayear. bad fulfills the vision of The men’s club (Club the Lubavitcher Rebbe, 770) and N’shei Chabad to love every Jew, eduWomen provide an array cate every Jew and reach of social and educational out to every Jew, regardprogramming. Sara and Rabbi Chaim less of background. Throughout the year, Steinmetz Shabbat services are Chabad provides numerheld Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Satur- ous holiday observances, including days at 10:00 a.m. A delectable Oneg High Holiday services, Sukkot and SimShabbat follows each service. Daily chat Torah festivities, Chanukah Food Festival at Five Points Park, Lag B’omer Minyanim are held at 8:00 a.m. Chabad offers a variety of edu- beach party, the annual Comedy Cencational opportunities for adults and tral @ Chabad, and creative Purim and children. For adults, the Jewish Learn- Shavuot celebrations. ing Institute (JLI) annually provides In addition, Chabad has created and implemented programs that serve the community at large, including family/individual counseling, hospital visitation, the Jewish Art Calendar (distributed free of charge to the entire community), Camp Gan Israel, Chevra Kadisha for Jewish

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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: Friday night 7:00 p.m. Saturday Morning 10:00 a.m. Daily 8:00 a.m. • Cemetery • Judaica Gift Shop • Community Mikvah • Special Programs/Features: Religious School, Preschool, Camp Gan Israel, Jewish Learning Institute, JLI for Teens, JLI for Women only, Kosher Catering, Wednesday Morning Kabbalah, Free Mezuzah Placement & Check-Up, Hospital Visits, Chevra Kadisha

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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 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

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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 indepth 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 affilia-

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tions include The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, OneCommunity, the Synagogue Council, and Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network. 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.

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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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emple Beth El is a Reform con- the Arts” program. gregation welcoming Jews of Adult learning opportunities indiverse backgrounds, lifestyles clude Hebrew classes, liturgical music/ and levels of observance. The congrega- trope classes, seasonal shofar classes, tion began in 1974 when a small group and the Rabbi’s “February Mini-Series,” of families came together to serve the along with “Tuesdays with Rabbi HarJewish community and help nurture a old,” which occurs the second Tuesday Jewish presence in Manatee County. of the month. This interesting and inforTemple Beth El has its mative program cenown building on the ters on various subjects beautiful Unity Church that include Jewish campus and enjoys acholidays (preparing cess to walking trails, a for and celebrating), gymnasium and a 500Jewish current events seat auditorium for and newsworthy curspecial events. rent events. The synagogue ofThe Sisterhood, fers inspiring and parMen’s Club, and Social Cantor Alan Cohn and Rabbi Harold Caminker ticipatory Friday night Activities Committee services, Saturday morning services are integral parts of temple life. The with dynamic Torah discussion, and Sisterhood oversees sponsorship of the monthly Havdalah under the direction weekly Oneg and Kiddush, participates of Rabbi Harold Caminker, D.D. and in various fundraising events and holds Cantor Alan Cohn. All major holidays monthly social/business meetings. The are celebrated. The community also Men’s Club also meets monthly and holds an annual Passover seder and sponsors a monthly Sunday morning sponsors an annual downtown Braden- discussion group, the annual Purimton Chanukah Menorah lighting. spiel Barbecue and a yearly Beach BarEducation and learning are tem- becue. The Social Activities Committee ple priorities. The Religious and He- plans and holds many events that bring brew School program is designed for the community together for fun. children from kindergarten through The temple is a member of Mazon seventh grade and includes Bar/Bat (a Jewish response to hunger). Other Mitzvah preparation. Trained teachers outreach programs include cooperaand talented congregants infuse the vi- tion with the Jewish prison chaplain sual and performing arts into the cur- and such interfaith efforts as collecting riculum through the “Judaism through 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.

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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: Erev Shabbat, Shabbat morning services and all Holy Days and Holidays • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education, Religious/ Hebrew School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation, Community Outreach, Special Adult Education Programs, Garden of Abraham Cemetery (located at Skyway Memorial Gardens); Hospital/Nursing Home Visits; Caring Club; Weekly Liturgical Trope Class

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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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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: Loaves of Love Challah Club • Services: ”Chicken Soup for the Soul” Friday night services, Shabbat Day 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, Mezuza Placement, Counseling and Hospital/Home Visits

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Congregation Ner Tamid The Top Seven Reasons to Join a Synagogue 1. Celebration and Support Congregation Ner Tamid is there for you, for weddings, baby namings, hospital visits, memorial services or funerals, each with a personal touch. 2. Jewish Community From holidays to special events like Shabbat Across America, Chanukah Game Night, dinners and potlucks, and the Shavuot Ice Cream Social, you’ll experience Ner Tamid’s mishpacha feeling, being part of a warm, intergenerational, diverse Jewish family. Interfaith? Non-traditional?

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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 The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34207 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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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.

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CHABAD OF BRADENTON & LAKEWOOD RANCH 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 • 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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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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Adult-oriented social, religious and educational programs, events and activities. Dynamic Sisterhood, active Men’s Club, and the adventurous Women On Our Own.

Join our warm, active, welcoming Temple family.

Temple Beth Israel 567 Bay Isles Road Longboat Key, FL 34228 941.383.3428 www.tbi-lbk.org


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RT is the largest global nongovernmental Jewish education organization. With a presence in 55 countries, the ORT network educates and trains more than 300,000 students annually. The ORT legacy is over 130 years strong, and remains committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people against all odds and obstacles. Beginning in tsarist Russia, to provide impoverished Jews with employable skills, today it adapts to the needs of a complex marketplace – from Kiryat Yam, Israel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to South Central, Los Angeles – with innovative fields such as telecommunications, robotics, medical reporting, renewable energy and biochemistry. ORT’s technological and vocational programs provide talented students, many from at-risk households, with the best possible educational preparation,

social services and tuition assistance to remain in school and break the cycle of poverty, while maintaining the culture and heritage of the Jewish people. Locally, there are over 600 men and women ORT supporters, divided among two chapters – GulfsidePalm (day chapter) and SaraMana (evening chapter). Besides participating in each chapter’s broad array of interesting monthly programs, supporters are involved in a variety of

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fundraising and community outreach activities. The biggest fundraiser is holiday gift wrapping at the major malls. For more information about the two local ORT chapters, contact: Alice Cotman, GulfsidePalm Membership co-Vice President, 941.359.6451 Sylvia Gross, GulfsidePalm Membership co-Vice President, 941.359.9911 Andrea Kas, SaraMana co-President, 941.756.7542 Janet Glazer, SaraMana co-President, 941.893.5015 Sydney Weinstein, Men’s Membership co-Coordinator, 941.739.2244 Larry Mandel, Men’s Membership co-Coordinator, 941.751.4849 ORT America also has an office on the Federation campus at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Andrew Polin, Associate Director Florida Gulf Region, 941.312.7720 or apolin@ortamerica.org

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Special Interest Groups SaBra Hadassah

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adassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold, Hadassah remains committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pacesetting

health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country’s changing needs. In the U.S., Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members. A little over twenty years ago, the Sarasota and Bradenton chapters joined forces to form SaBra, a chapter that grew to its current 900 vital, active and interesting women. The chapter meetings include light luncheons and interesting speakers. Exciting events are planned for Hadassah’s Centennial Celebration. The SaBra Associates, an active group of 125 men, are committed to making a difference in Israel and our community through innovative activities, projects and missions. For more information, contact: Janet Sulek, jsulek.sabra@verizon. net or Lee Ruggles, lruggles.sabra@gmail.com

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Organizations National Council of Jewish Women

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ational Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has been at 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 commu-

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Reaching out to “Boomers” and beyond… Active in the Jewish community since 1978.

Janis Collier, Realtor 941.313.1212 ®

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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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ashim L’Tova (Women for Good) of The Jewish Federation 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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randeis University, named for Justice Louis D. Brandeis, was founded in 1948 in Waltham, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. The school started with no endowment, no libraries and few buildings. At that time, eight visionary women started Brandeis National Committee (BNC) to raise funds for a library in a converted horse stable on the property. The mission of BNC is to provide philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished, liberal arts and research university, founded by the American Jewish community. Its mem-

bership is connected to the university through fundraising and activities that reflect the values on which the university was founded: academic excellence, social justice, non-sectarianism and service to the community. Most BNC members are not alumni, and with chapters in most major cities, BNC has grown to be the largest ‘friends of a library group’ in the world, raising funds for the libraries, scholarships for students, and cutting-edge research at the university. The Sarasota chapter has 491 members, both men and women. The chap-

ter has 20 study groups on a variety of discussion topics such as current events, opera, films, novels and plays. It also holds many special events, linking with the many artists and cultural venues in the area, such as trips to museums, the Asolo, Sarasota Ballet and Symphony. For information on membership and activities, please contact: Rookie Shifrin, Sarasota Chapter President, 941.907.0985 or rookies@me.com

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Organizations Sarasota Jewish Chorale

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he Sarasota Jewish Chorale is a group of 30 singers with a unique repertoire of Jewish music sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. The Chorale’s music originates from Israeli, Chassidic, Middle Eastern and other cultures of the Diaspora. Its goal is to share its musical heritage and Jewish identity with the greater Sarasota-Manatee community. The group was founded in 1999 by several singers in the area who had been members of choruses before moving to this community. Now in its 13th year, the group sings primarily in 4-part harmony and performs extensively throughout the local area in schools, synagogues, churches and other public venues. Martha Kinney Kesler, a Sarasota native, 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 Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Hecht School. Singers of all ages, faiths and voice parts are welcome. Performance season runs from November through May. For more information, contact: Susan Skovronek, 941.355.8011 Arlene Stolnitz, 941.492.6944 Website: www.sarasotajewishchorale.org

Special Interest Groups B’nai B’rith Sarasota-Manatee International Rabbinic Assoc.

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’nai B’rith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) is the oldest 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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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 Jonathan Katz of Temple Beth Israel serves as President of the SMRA, with Temple Beth El Bradenton’s Rabbi Harold Caminker as Vice President, and Rabbi Larry Mahrer, who most recently served Temple Beth El Bradenton, as Treasurer. Ongoing projects of the SMRA include monthly rabbinic visits and programming at Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion; educational activities, sometimes co-sponsored with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee; sponsorship of Israel Religious Action Center director Anat Hoffman’s January 2011 visit to Sarasota; leadership in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service; and regular donations to All Faiths Food Bank and the Food Bank of Manatee. For more information, contact: Rabbi Jonathan Katz, SMRA President, jrkatz1@aol.com Rabbi Harold Caminker, Vice President, ravhfc1@aol.com

For a continuously updated list of events, visit the Community Calendar page at Sarasota Jewish Chorale in Holley Hall

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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 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 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 Tranquility Arts – meditation, yoga Ellen Goldberg Tishman founded APJA over three years ago. As APJA facilitator, she arranges interesting programs throughout the year of interest to Jewish artists. If you would like to be included on the APJA email distribution list, contact: Kim Sheintal, klapshein@aol.com

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Special Interest Groups JFED Singles

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JFCS offers counseling, direct services, respite care & support groups

Caregiver Support Group and Children of Aging Parents Support Group offer emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, spouses or other family member. Groups are held in Sarasota and Venice.

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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: Len Steinberg at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org

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he Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch has as a mission to provide an environment that enhances the Jewish Community at Lakewood Ranch, focusing on Jewish themes related to social, cultural and educational opportunities through independent programming and in partnership with other organizations. All Lakewood Ranch residents are welcome to attend and participate. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please email thejewishclubatlwr@gmail.com.

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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 Moishe Mazzarella, Post Adjutant, 941.473.9421 or mazzman@hotmail.com

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Special Interest Groups Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL

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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

(JGS) of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 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. More information is at the society website: www.jgsswf.org. The JGS meets the third Sunday of each month, November through May at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House. For more information, contact: Kim Sheintal, 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com Website: www.jgsswf.org

Organizations Family and Friends of Israelis

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amily and Friends of Israelis (FAFI) is a warm, upbeat, nonpolitical group of people who: ÎÎ want to feel more connected to Israel ÎÎ have loved ones living in Israel ÎÎ have an interest and love for Israel FAFI welcomes everyone to its fun meetings. The group meets monthly during season on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. To learn about the group’s exciting programs, its annual holiday parties and new happenings, see the monthly updates in The Jewish News. For more information, contact: Harriet Joy Epstein, 941.342.1818 or hjesarasota@yahoo.com

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Call Us! (941) 755-1231 or email shalom@nertamidflorida.org

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Experience it all… Temple Beth Sholom Temple Beth Sholom offers a complete and full-service conservative congregation devoted to promoting intellectual and spiritual guidance to the Jewish community. We’ve been providing the Jewish community of the SarasotaManatee area with exceptional religious, educational, and cultural experiences, through our synagogue, schools and programming for over 100 years.

Temple Beth Sholom offers… • Shabbat Services – family and traditional • Ritual Involvement – touching on all aspects of Jewish life • Youth Group – serving young people, ages 8-18 • Year-round Minyan – only egalitarian service in Southwest Florida • Sisterhood and Men's Club – where adult congregants enjoy camaraderie • Jewish Cemetery – sole burial grounds in the Sarasota-Manatee County • Kosher Kitchen/Catering – custom menus and accommodations for simchas • Idelson Adult Library – accredited collection of Jewish content books and media • Judaica Shop – variety of items for your gift, holiday and everyday needs. • Judaica Museum and Holocaust Garden – reflecting the eclectic culture of Jewish life.

1050 South Tuttle Avenue | www.templebethsholomfl.org Sarasota, FL 34237 | Temple Office: 941.955.8121


… The Kane/Karp Educational Center

We also have three schools… • The Martin and Mildred Paver Religious School – providing grades K-7 educational experiences guided by the conservative movement’s principle

• Our All-faiths Temple Beth Sholom Day Schools –

the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and the Goldie Feldman Academy together serving grades pre-K through 8th with… ★ Low student to teacher ratio ★ Project based learning curriculum ★ Developmentally appropriate programs ★ Encouraged positive social interaction, creativity and self-esteem ★ Language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, music, art, and computer

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Advocacy Groups Simon Wiesenthal Center American Israel he Simon Wiesenthal Center is as an opportunity to meet distinPublic Affairs a global Jewish human rights guished speakers who represent the organization that confronts leading voices of current events. Committee

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anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism; pro- Film premieres and screenings or more than half a century, the motes human rights and dignity; stands from the Center’s two-time AcadAmerican Israel Public Affairs with Israel; defends the safety of Jews emy Award™-winning Moriah Films Committee (AIPAC) has worked worldwide; and teaches the lessons of division, including titles such as to help make Israel more secure by enthe Holocaust for future generations. Winston Churchill: Walking With suring that American support remains With a constituency of over 400,000 Destiny, Against the Tide, Genocide, strong. From a small pro-Israel public households in the United States, it is and The Long Way Home affairs boutique in the 1950s, AIPAC accredited as an NGO at international Special lectures and forums has grown into a 100,000-member organizations including the United Na- Educational programs national grassroots movement detions, UNESCO and the Council of Eu- Media awareness through press rescribed by The New York Times as “the rope. Headquartered in Los Angeles, leases and article distribution on most important organization affecting the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains human rights issues America’s relationship with Israel.” offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, The Southern Region promotes Political advocacy is one of the Paris, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. the educational arms of the Simon Wimost effective ways in which AIPAC For over 25 years, the Southern esenthal Center through its Museum of works to accomplish its mission. Each Region has represented the Simon Tolerance Los Angeles, Museum of Tolyear, AIPAC is involved in more than Wiesenthal Center in Florida, other erance New York and soon-to-be built 100 legislative and policy initiatives southern states, as well as Puerto Rico Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. involving Middle East policy or aimed and the Caribbean. With an extraordiFunds raised by the Southern Reat broadening and deepening the U.S.nary network of lay leaders, the South- gion help support the critical work of Israel bond. ern Region promotes and supports the the Simon Wiesenthal Center and all of AIPAC works to secure vital U.S. Center’s mission through outreach, ed- its divisions around the world. foreign aid for Israel to help ensure ucation, social action and media awareFor more information, to get inIsrael remains strong and secure. ness. Extensive activities and programs volved, or support the Center’s imporAIPAC is working to promote strategic are offered throughout the Southern tant work, please contact: cooperation between the two nations, Region, including: Tamar Kohn Marks, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist Southern Region Director, Annual Dinners that honor local policies, and to share homeland secutmarks@wiesenthal.com individuals for their achievements Radio Rabbi Ad for Connections Oct 2011 9/30/2011 10:47rity AMtechniques Page 1 and technologies. Website: and commitment to the Center’s These efforts are critical to Israel’s www.wiesenthal.com/southernus core values. The dinners also serve security and to American interests in the Middle East and around the world. In addition to working closely with Congress, AIPAC also actively educates and works with candidates for federal office, White House, Pentagon and State Department officials, and other Timely Interesting policymakers whose decisions affect Topics Guests Israel’s future and America’s policies in the Middle East. Focus on Jewish For more information, contact: Israel Music Jacki Waksman, AIPAC’s North & Central Florida Area Director, 954.653.9053 or jwaksman@aipac.org Website: www.aipac.org www.rabbibarbara.com • Sponsored by Sleep King of Sarasota

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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

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

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.

Organizations 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

Aging isn’t easy. Caregiving doesn’t need to be hard. If a loved one is getting older and needs care, Right at Home offers services for almost any situation. Our in-home care lets

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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.

The Jewish Center of Venice 600 N. Auburn Road, Venice FL 34292 941-484-2022 jcvenice@verizon.net www.jewishcenterofvenice.org

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or modernized. Compounding the crisis was the arrival of hundreds of thousands of new immigrants, including Holocaust survivors, internees from displaced persons camps and thousands of Jews from Arab nations. On September 3, 1950, with his country financially overwhelmed, BenGurion convened a meeting of American Jewish leaders at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. He then articulated a dramatic proposal: to engage Diaspora Jewry in economic development through creation of a company that would sell securities issued by Israel’s government. It was a fateful moment that President Shimon Peres hailed as “a vital chapter in Israel’s history.” Six decades of accomplishment In the spring of 1951, the new Israel Bonds organization began transforming the face of Israel. Towns were built for new immigrants. The National Water Carrier made Israel agricultur8342 Market Street, Lakewood Ranch ally self-sufficient. 94 1 .9 0 7 .3 4 1 8 The Dead Sea Works became Extraordina ry Selection of Fine Jewelry • Certified Watchmaker Israel’s first maAppraisals • Expert Jewelry Repairs Wa tch B atteries • Restringing jor industrial unBuying Precious Metals dertaking. Power

hroughout 2011, State of Israel Bonds celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization’s remarkable success – worldwide sales exceeding $32 billion, the sweeping development of the land and a global partnership united in common cause with Israel – originated with two historic speeches. On May 15, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the birth of the modern Jewish nation. Almost exactly three years later – on May 10, 1951 – BenGurion proclaimed the birth of State of Israel Bonds. The period between the two momentous speeches was perhaps the most challenging in Israel’s history. Independence had been won, but at high cost. The war had taken 6,000 lives and left the nascent economy in shambles. Yet, every sector of the new nation needed to be developed, strengthened

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plants helped alleviate Israel’s chronic lack of energy resources. Ports were constructed and expanded to receive essential imports and increase export potential. Transportation networks connected all parts of the country. Today, proceeds from the sale of Israel bonds are utilized to help fuel a nation of extraordinary technological innovation. Dan Senor, co-author of Start-Up Nation, a revealing look at Israel’s cutting-edge high-tech prowess, noted the significance of the Bonds organization when he declared, “The spirit of Israel Bonds is reflected in this book.” So, although it took 2,000 years of dreaming, praying and activism to re-establish the Jewish homeland, the launching of Israel Bonds in 1951 ensured that it would take just a few short decades for Israel to be positioned among the world’s elite nations. 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 Israel Connection American Friends of Magen David Adom

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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

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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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 pop-

ulation. MDA’s fleet of 800 MDA ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units are on call 24/7, operating from 119 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations throughout Israel, logging almost ten million miles and taking care of more than 570,000 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

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he Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is one of Israel’s top engineering universities and recently ranked in the top 25 engineering schools in the world. It’s the only university in Israel with a department of aerospace engineering. And now, it’s home to three Nobel Laureates. Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman recently won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals – an entirely new form of matter. He joins an elite group of top scientists and researchers whose work has changed the world. The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in computer science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, water-resource management, medicine, drug development and aerospace. Founded in 1924, the Technion

is Israel’s oldest institution of higher learning. It has been closely linked with the country’s development, providing the education and expertise that built its infrastructure, created its military might and turned the desert into orange groves. Today, it is Israel’s primary source for the scientists, engineers and applied research that drive its technology-based economy and secures its citizens against terrorism. The Sarasota Chapter of the American Technion Society (ATS) brings professors and students to the community to talk about their work and this extraordinary institution of higher education. The chapter holds an annual dinner, which, this year, will be held on Monday, March 12, at Michael’s On East. The speakers will be one of the university’s deans and two students from Technion, who will share about their lives, studies

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and research at the university. Each June, the ATS offers a worldclass mission to visit the campus. This year’s trip will visit St. Petersburg (the one in Russia, not Florida!) before continuing on to Israel. For more information about ATS programs and missions to Israel, 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. Under the leadership of such illustrious past presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism. Today, with a national membership of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the U.S., ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations through educational activities and public affairs programs, by working every day on Capitol Hill; and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. The Sarasota-Manatee chapter of ZOA was re-established in 2008. The local chapter holds periodic meetings which are open to the public, featuring 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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ith the popularity of its Blue Box campaign and tree planting drives, many forget that 110 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 Resource and Development 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 210 reservoirs and water recycling centers, providing water to 1.5 million Israelis every day. JNF planted 250 million trees, created over 1,000 parks and recreational areas, built security roads, and educated students around the world about Israel, the environment, and their connection to the Jewish homeland. Today, JNF is taking a leadership role in developing 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 Sarasota Tree of Life™ Award Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East in Sarasota

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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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arasota Sister Cities is the official international arm of the City of Sarasota, carrying out person-toperson exchanges in the Cultural Coast area of Florida with eight Sister Cities across the globe in the areas of the arts, education, business, sports, civic activities and government. Current Sister Cities are: Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; MĂŠrida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Siming District, Xiamen, China; Treviso Province, Italy; and Vladimir, Russia. The Sister City program was the vision of President Dwight Eisenhower who, having seen firsthand the ravages of World War II created the people-topeople program of citizen diplomacy in 1956. Sarasota formalized its first sister in 1963. There are monthly luncheons sponsored by each of the Sister Cities

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For more information about Sister at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Tel Mond is north of Tel Aviv. Like Cities and Israel, contact: Betty Greenspan, Sarasota, it’s a growing community Tel Mond City Director, which supports cultural interests and CD_Israel@SisterCities.org has a senior population. Sarasota has Website: www.sarasotasistercities. had a long history of intense interaction org/Tel_mond.html with Tel Mond through many prominent Sarasotans who have helped in the development of this vibrant city. Tel Mond became a sister city in 1999. Come join the Sarasota City delegation to Tel Mond in Spring 2012. This trip will have special focus on the arts and artists Sarasota Sister Cities Association members of Israel.

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Israel Connection Israeli citizens as well as nonConsulate General serves Israelis with issuing visas and renewing of Israel for Florida passports. The Israeli House (Bayit Israel) proand Puerto Rico vides a cultural center and connection

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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

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: Chaim Shacham, Consul General, 305.925.9400 or paofficer@miami.mfa.gov.il Website: http://miami.mfa.gov.il

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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,

Organizations including U.S. oil imports. Today there are more Israeli companies listed on American securities exchanges than any country after the United States 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. If you would like to become involved with the Florida-Israel Chamber and learn about membership opportunities, contact: Linda Chase, 954.725.2788 or linda@israeltrade.org Website: www.floridaisraelchamber.org

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service 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, anger management, 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! Management Case & Financial Assistance is available to individuals and families on a case by case basis. The Kosher Food Pantry offers immediate assistance with food and grocery vouchers. SOS participants Sol Carson & Sam Adler Local congregations and with volunteer Nina Gitomer

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 Sarasota and Manatee. 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.

JFCS Mission…to help all people overcome life’s challenges, EMBRACES the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam JFCS Programs…counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach and education, EMPOWERS children, families and seniors JFCS Focus…to provide professional, compassionate and caring services, POSITIVELY IMPACTS our community

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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. A Caregiver Support Group provides opportunities for caregivers to share with others and receive support 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 The Dress Up for Yontif Program, implemented through partnerships with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Senior Outreach Services (SOS) Program, Jewish Housing Council, local temples and synagogues, and the Russian community, provides at-risk 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 Karp Family Foundation. 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 Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The Sarasota Caregiver Counseling & Support Program provides support to caregivers and their families to reduce caregiver stress, increase coping skills, and provide support through connections to local resources. The Sarasota CARES Program helps care-partners to identify and connect community supports and resources through professional assistance of Wraparound Facilitators. JFCS is a member of the Elder Support Network to provide out-of-town families comfort in knowing that JFCS can look after the needs of their loved ones here in Florida. The Caregiver Help Line (941.364.7560) connects caregivers to local resources. A helpful website (www.caregivernetworksrq.org) provides information, education and support to the caregiving community. Children & Adolescent Services offers a full range of therapeutic services including counseling, art and 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, offering 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, Financial Case Management providing counseling and emergency financial assistance to Jewish residents in need; Prison Ministry Program for Jewish inmates at the State Correctional Institute in Arcadia and Sarasota County Jail; 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 opportunities 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

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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; Mentor for Success Program working with men and women incarcerated in the Sarasota County Jail; and Veterans Services Mentors working with local veterans and their families. 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 • President/CEO: Rose Chapman, LCSW • 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 state-of-the-art retirement complex on a beautiful campus, convenient to all the many cultural and recreational attractions in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area. Opened in 1993, it is a notfor-profit enterprise developed by the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, offering seniors the very best in independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing care. The community has two residences: Kobernick House, with 191 apartments for retirees who enjoy active, independent living, and Anchin Pavilion. Housed within Anchin is a 70-bed assisted living facility, including the Fannie Green Memory Care Center, and the Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 50-bed skilled unit. Benderson is Medicare/Medicaid certified and was awarded five stars in all categories by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. All living options are available on the same campus so residents are able to age in place. Kobernick Anchin offers a loving family atmosphere, fine dining, fitness center and swimming pool, national certified library, gerontology physician onsite, wellness center and more. For more information, contact: Kobernick House, 941.377.0781 x112 Anchin Pavilion and Benderson Family Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility, 941.377.0781 x212

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ccredited since 2006 by The National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH), Tidewell is one of only 50 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. ” – 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. For more information, contact: 941.552.7500 or info@tidewell.org Website: www.tidewell.org

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he Kosher Consumers Council offers news and information to local residents about new kosher and Israeli products sold locally. There is no charge for this service. Simply send your current or recently updated email address to koshercon@ comcast.net to have your name placed on the email list. Organized five years ago by its Chair, Marden Paru, the Council includes more than 100 families who are quickly notified by email of any new

products when they come online in the Sarasota-Manatee market. Information bulletins are issued regarding sales, and the availability of fresh kosher poultry and meat products in local stores. The Council is constantly in touch with local food purveyors (i.e., Publix) to bring more variety to our local store shelves. For further information, contact Marden Paru at 941.379.5655. There is no cost for membership.

Kosher/Jewish Food Providers Please note that not all of these establishments are considered “Kosher” by conventional standards. A Taste of Europe Gourmet Market 2212 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota 941.921.9084 Catering By Maggie 130 Mimosa Drive, Sarasota 941.780.0417 www.cateringbymaggie.com Jo-El’s Catering 2619 23rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 727.321.3847 www.joelskosher.com Morton’s Gourmet Market 1924 S. Osprey, Sarasota 941.955.9856 Nellie’s Deli 15 South Beneva Road, Sarasota 941.924.2705 www.nelliesdeli.com

The Olam Located in the Tampa JCC 13009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa 813.769.4727 Sweet Basil 3182 Espanola Drive, Sarasota 941.921.5885 www.sweetbasil-catering. com Temple Beth Sholom Catering 941.955.8121 catering@ templebethsholomfl.org TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.362.3692

Local Publix, Whole Foods and BJ’s Wholesale stores are purveyors of kosher meat, poultry and many other kosher products.

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See page 117 for a list of dates for the Jewish holidays and candle lighting times for 2012

As listings are constantly changing and being updated, please check the Jewish Yellow Pages in the Community Resources section at www.jfedsrq.org as well as the Religious Life section in this publication for the following resources: Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Judaic Libraries Judaica Shops Mikvah Mohel/Bris

Advertising in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee Means Business! The numbers are in: Reach nearly 20,000 readers each month Every adult in every household reads the newspaper regularly MORE THAN HALF frequently purchase products or services from ads seen in the newspaper Take advantage of one of the most costeffective ways to reach YOUR target market.

Contact Robin Leonardi at 941.371.4546 x114 or rleonardi@jfedsrq.org.

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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, inspiring and interactive, text-based course of study. The Federation’s Melton school offers the two-year core curriculum, graduate courses as well as 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. Contact Kim Mullins at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x103 or kmullins@jfedsrq.org.

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orah Talk: Weekly at 9:30 a.m. Delve into the Torah’s words & ideas with Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting. Brown Bag: Weekly at noon. Bring your lunch and discuss current events with Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting. There is no fee for these programs. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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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, contact Joe Floersheimer at 941.371.4545 x125.

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he Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club hosts a very popular program, aptly named “Lunch with the Rabbi.” This monthly lunch with Rabbi Jonathan Katz deals with current issues and events, and makes for good fellowship, lively conversation and a time to blend mutual interests. The “Lunch With the Rabbi” series is $40 for Men’s Club members and $50 for nonmembers. For those who do not sign up for the full series, the fee for individual lunches is $10. For more information, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or info@ tbi-lbk.org.

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he enthusiasts of Yiddish, inherited through the Ashkenazic part of Am Yisrael (the People of Israel), meet weekly to read, translate and discuss works of Yiddish literature and poetry. Informal conversations and songs are also a component of this class. The Yiddish Reading Circle takes place on Monday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Temple Beth Sholom Conference Room. For more information, please contact the Temple Beth Sholom Office at 941.955.8121.

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abbi Daniel Krimsky holds a weekly discussion group, “Get More Out of Being Jewish,” for members of the Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) and anyone in the Venice community who would like to learn more about Judaism in theory and practice. The sessions are lively discussions, often with more questions than answers, and the group considers stories, case studies and philosophical writings from ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history. Rabbi Dan emphasizes that there are many ways to look at issues, and different perspectives and interpretations of Jewish ethics, laws and principles presented in the Talmud and other writings. Call Beata Hulliger at the JCV office at 941.484.2022 for specific dates, times and topics.

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Ongoing Classes Contact the temple office at Rabbi Michael 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org to reB. Eisenstat Mini- ceive the full catalogue of offerings. versity of Judaism “Salons of

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s a congregation for mature singles and families, Temple Beth Israel sponsors the Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism. These classes provide first-rate educational programs with rabbinic led, lay led, and outside guest led lectures and classes. This year’s Miniversity of Judaism is chock full of exciting learning opportunities. Not only are there a myriad of classes on a wide range of diverse topics, but also films, trips and cooking sessions. Designed to promote Jewish living through Jewish learning, the Miniversity curriculum reflects the diverse interests of modern and secular Jews.

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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 Glick-

Adult Education man, 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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Ongoing Classes JCV Cultural “Tuesdays with Rebbe’s Tisch n Tuesdays, from 8:45 - 9:45 Educational Series Rabbi Harold” a.m., Rabbi Joel Mishkin

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he Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) welcomes the Venice community to an entertaining educational series on the first Tuesday of each month, October to May, sponsored by the JCV Adult Education Department. Refreshments and conversation begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by lectures, audio-visual presentations, scientific demonstrations, musical concerts, dramatic readings, and interactive audience questions and discussion. Topics include humor, history, art and literature appreciation, storytelling, science, medicine, law, travel adventures, and many other areas of interest. Presenters are local residents with special expertise and experience. Call Beata Hulliger at the JCV office at 941.484.2022 for more information on specific events.

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he second Tuesday of each month, Rabbi Harold Caminker of Temple Beth El Bradenton invites the entire community to take part in a discussion group centered on various subjects. These subjects will range in topics from Jewish holidays (preparing for and celebrating), Jewish current events, and newsworthy current events. “Tuesdays with Rabbi Harold” is free of charge and open to the community. Both Temple members and non members are encouraged to come and bring friends interested in a stimulating discussion. Temple Beth El is located at 4200 32nd Street West, on the campus of the Unity Church. For more information, please call the temple office Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon at 941.755.4900.

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presents The Rebbe’s Tisch – “What the Psalmist Said.” This class is held in the Temple Beth Sholom Youth Lounge. This year, Rabbi Mishkin and his class will explore the meaning of T’hillim - the Book of Psalms. Special attention will be paid to the literal meaning of the psalms, the reason for their composition and the literary artistry that the psalmist employs in the original Hebrew. This course has the potential to deeply enrich one’s prayer experience. There is no fee for Temple Beth Sholom members; $36 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call the temple office at 941.955.8121 for more information.

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes the Reign of King David; David the Adult Hebrew Weekly Seminar military genius; David the Psalmist; assessment of the neighboring states and with Rabbi Katz and Adult B’nai surrounding cultures; the role of Samemple Beth Israel hosts a weekly Mitzvah Classes uel, a major prophet and judge in the Monday morning program Tanach; impact and lasting legacy of the Davidic Dynasty on Judaism. A Tanach with the modern JPS English translation will be required and/or available for purchase. This class is held in the Temple Beth Sholom Youth Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend, but there is a course cost of $36 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For more information, please email mparu@templebethsholomfl.org or call 941.955.8121.

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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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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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oin the 30-minute roundtable discussion after Shabbat services on Saturday mornings at Temple Beth Sholom. The Shabbat Shmooze presents contemporary Jewish issues. Bring coffee and a snack after the Birkat HaMazon is recited in the Social Hall and meet in the Youth Lounge. The discussion facilitators include Rabbi Joel Mishkin, Cantor Jeffrey Webber, Director of Continuing Education Marden Paru, Al Goldis, other synagogue officers and lay leaders, and Shul members with unusual Jewish backgrounds. Some of the forthcoming topics include: What impact did the holidays have on us this year? Israel in a hostile neighborhood: latest concerns and issues Why do the South Koreans and Chinese People study the Talmud?

Ongoing Classes How does the Talmud relate to these folks? Getting the younger generation of Jews involved in Jewish practice and Jewish community Reminiscences of specific European shtetls prior to the Holocaust by members of the temple who were born there Please contact Marden Paru at 941.955.8121 for more information.

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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 attendees to enjoy discussing topics of Jewish interest in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Attendees bring a brown-bag lunch

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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.

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unday mornings at Temple Emanu-El are a time to enjoy stimulating programs, engaging presentations – and plenty of bagels, juice and coffee, thanks to the congregation’s popular Brotherhood Breakfast. Under the direction of Brotherhood Trustee Neil Klaber, the Brotherhood sponsors a deluxe bagel breakfast at 9:30 a.m. once a month in Temple EmanuEl’s social hall. The breakfast is followed by a free learning program. Topics range from traditional to eclectic. Past guests have included ballroom dancing professionals, a local author, a yoga instructor, a professional appraiser who evaluated attendees’ antiques, guests from Mote Marine, medical professionals offering health tips or discussing the implications of health care reform, and panelists talking about Israel. The community is warmly invited

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he “Art Robbins” Men’s Club of Temple Beth El Bradenton hosts a monthly Sunday morning lively discussion group. Led by Jerry Shames, topics center around historical and modern Jewish secular issues. This discussion group occurs on the third Sunday of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. as participants enjoy a wonderful breakfast along with stimulating conversation. The “Lox and Learn” is free and open to the public. Temple Beth El is located at

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he Chug Ivri (advanced intermediate Hebrew reading and conversation) at Temple Beth Sholom is a 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 level and consists of reading Hebrew newspapers and Hebrew conversation with minimal use of English. There is no teacher. The Chug Ivri was started about

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to 12:30 p.m. in the Temple Beth Sholom Chapel. It has been incorporated into the adult education offerings at Temple Beth Sholom, although 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 on any Thursday morning. For more information, call Claire Fox at 941.921.3765.

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usie Konicov, Education chair, teaches beginning Hebrew at Temple Beth El Bradenton with the result being able to read and participate in all religious services. The classes occur on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at a cost of $50 for an 8-week class. The class must have at least five students and new classes can start at any time. Cantor Alan Cohn teaches a liturgical and trope class on Saturday mornings after Shabbat services. The class will learn the chanting of prayers from the Torah. For more information on either of the classes, please call the temple office Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon at 941.755.4900.

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orkshops are targeted for parents of preschoolers, but open to all. There must be a minimum of four participants for each class to take place. Reminders will be sent out two weeks prior to the event. For questions or to register, send an email to laura@templesinai-sarasota. org. Workshops are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., and are facilitated by Laura Freedman, MS ED, Director of The Gan at Temple Sinai. Individual class fee is $18 for Temple Sinai members; $25 for nonmembers. Prices include all materials. Literature with Little Ones January 25. Learn some strategies to use with young children to build their love of reading and their desire to learn. Passover Fun! March 28. You will receive a Haggadah for ages 2-5 and discover a wonderful bag of tricks to make the Passover seder fun, age appropriate, interactive and memorable for the whole family.

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he Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a non-denominational, independent adult education university in 2010. It brings together affiliated and unaffiliated adult members of the Jewish community for what our sages refer to as “studying Torah lishma” (learning for the sake of learning). More than 100 students have taken various courses in Jewish texts, mostly biblical in nature. New courses for the coming year include “The Biography of God,” “Understanding Kabbalah,” “Biblical Hebrew,” and “Wisdom of the Talmud.” Partially funded by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, tuition is free but there’s a materials fee of $36 per course. Classes meet on Friday mornings from 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus.

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his Temple Sinai class is designed for anyone who simply wants to get more out of their worship experience. Through exercises and discussions relating to music, Hebrew and the prayer experience, you can become more confident with active participation in services. Classes meet 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. on January 11, 18, 25 and February 1. Facilitated by Hazzan Cliff Abramson. No fee for members; $18 for non-members. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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he Longboat Key Education Center, a not-for-profit educational organization, founded in 1985, offers over 150 adult enrichment courses to the Manatee/Sarasota community. The 2012 season is filled with exciting events and programs celebrating and studying Jewish life, culture, theology and traditions. Here’s a sample. On Mondays in January the school will offer Four Great Hebrew Short Novels with Ralph Wintrob, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., January 9-30; and The Volatile Middle East with Thomas O. Hecht., Ph.D., from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., January 16-30. Dr. Arnold Binderman will give a course on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. entitled Jewish Theology – How Our View Of God Influences The Way We Live Our Lives, starting January 10 and concluding on January 31.

Local art historian and architect Jean Renoux will teach Jewish Artists in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century highlighting Marc Chagall, referred to as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” The two-session course will take place on Wednesdays, January 18 and 25 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Lael Sara Caplan Hazan, of the noted Italian culinary Hazan family, will offer a course on the history of Jewish-Italian food called Jewish Italy: Deliziosa! on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. beginning January 6 and running through January 20. Limited tastings of imported cheeses and Italian specialties will be enjoyed! Call 941.383.8811 for a brochure, prices and dates, or visit www.lbkedu cationcenter.org. The school is located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key.

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habad of Venice will hold a 12week series entitled “Bat Mitzvah Discovery Course.” This will be an amazing opportunity for women of all ages to learn a basic overview of ALL aspects of Judaism and Women while simultaneously getting a mystical and Kabbalistic dimension as well. The ladies will be invited to join their Jewish sisters in Chavrusa-style (paired) learning to foster a deeper learning and social interaction. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. While the class is a Bat Mitzvah Class for women who have never had the chance to receive proper Bat Mitzvah education, it is also a chance for those who did celebrate their Bat Mitzvahs to learn on a deeper, more mature level, what it means to be a Jewish woman. The series kicks off in the beginning of January and will be offered twice a week: Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center of Venice, and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Rivka Schmerling. Call 941.493.2770 for more information and reservations.

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Early 2012 Classes of the month. Temple Emanu-El recipients The beauty of the club is that women from all parts of the Jewish spectrum hosts Women’s come together in a warm and inviting Study Group setting to share, laugh, learn, discover

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n a groundbreaking initiative cosponsored by the Adult Education Committee and Sisterhood, Temple Emanu-El is proud to announce the creation of a Women’s Group at the synagogue. Open to temple members as well as community guests, the Women’s Group will meet every other Wednesday evening from January through May. The group’s focus and each session’s format will be guided by the interests of participants; but the primary goal of the group will be to study topics of Jewish significance – from traditional text to modern issues – in a warm, engaging, and intellectual environment, with a distinctly feminine perspective. The Women’s Group will also participate in community-building discussions and exercises in order to create cohesive, meaningful and lasting bonds of sisterhood. The Women’s Group will be facilitated by Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman. Space is limited. Interested women are invited to call Rabbi Elaine at 941.379.1997 in order to apply for the group.

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habad of Venice hosts a monthly challah-baking club titled “Loaves of Love” on the first Thursday of every month. Participants learn the art of challah making and discover its rich meaning. This hands-on workshop allows women of all ages to create their own batch of challah dough while fostering friendships in a social setting. The club is called “Loaves of Love” because every participant bakes an additional challah to be given to a friend, senior citizen or someone in need. Volunteers give of their time and deliver these delicious packages to the

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and, most of all, to spread acts of goodness and kindness. To RSVP or to add a recipient for the “loaves of love,” please contact Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or rivka@ chabadofvenice.com.

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he Jewish Women’s Circle at Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch presents “Women & Wisdom,” a highly developed, intense course for wise women of all ages. “Women & Wisdom” creates a community of women over two se-

Adult Education mesters of six weeks each to delve into the whys, hows and wherefores of our prayers and ethics of our fathers. The course takes place on Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center in Lakewood Ranch. Semester one runs from January 5 to February 9; semester two runs from April 19 to May 31. The course is taught by Chanie Bukiet. A Women & Wisdom Celebration honoring the women’s achievements will take place on Friday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. All participants will be honored for their scholastic achievements. The cost of the course is $85, which includes the book Ethics of Our Fathers and additional course materials. For more information or to register, please contact the Chabad office at 941.752.3030.

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hotography – The Eloquent Eye Presented by Baila Miller – 4 weeks in April 2012 These lectures present a chronological overview of major figures and their technical innovations in the science and art of photography. Learn how our world view is shaped – from the daguerreotypes to the modern digital camera. The course will cover the history of photography, photojournalism and fashion photography. The contributions of Brady, Stieglitz, Steichen, BourkeWhite, Eisenstadt and many others will be discussed. Art – Where Were the Women: The Trials and Tribulations of Women Artists in a Patriarchal Society Presented by Goody Hirshfeld – 4 weeks in May 2012 The course will celebrate the remarkable women who continued to paint despite being denied access to the necessary basic training for professional artists. The first discussion will be about little-known 16th and 17th century Italian women artists. All classes will be held at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s meeting place at Unity, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Classes are free, but reservations are required at 941.929.7771.

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or those people who live on Longboat Key or for those who just want to join us there, Rabbi Joel Mishkin with teach a class on the “Midrashim of Genesis.” This program will be held once a month on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. on January 17, February 14, March 13 and April 17. Please call the Temple Beth Sholom office at 941.955.8121 to RSVP or for further information.

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ommencing on January 12, Martin Cohn leads “The History of the Jewish People in 10 Weeks” class on Thursday afternoons, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m., in the Temple Beth Sholom Conference Room. Using the easy to read popular Short History of the Jewish People by Raymond Scheindlin as a guide, this class will review the sweep of our people from earliest times to the present. Jewish cultures and their neighbors, the migrations, the disputes, the commonality, and the fascinating personalities that appeared from time to time will be examined, together with a world history timeline. Martin Cohn is a retired lawyer, having practiced for 60 years. He served as president of the Jewish Publication Society for three years and was a member of the publication committee for more than 25 years. The cost, which includes a textbook and material, is $20 for Temple Beth Sholom members, and $36 for nonmembers. Call 941.955.8121 to register.

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Early 2012 Classes Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Shabbat Across his program is sponsored by The Venice & North Port America/Canada Jewish Federation of Sarasota- Instructor: Rabbi Sholom

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Manatee. “Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics” “Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics,” presents an ethical, Talmudic, and legal debate on the economic issues of our time. It deals with the questions of whether Judaism is socialism or capitalism. Is unionization a Jewish ideal? Must Walmart pay its workers a livable wage? Where would you draw the line? “Money Matters” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. Sarasota information: Wednesdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 14 Morning class: 10:15 - noon at Chabad of Sarasota Evening class: 7:30 - 8:45 on the Jewish Federation campus Sundays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 Morning class: 10:30 - noon at Chabad of Sarasota Cost: $79 incl. text; $139/couple Instructor: Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz To register, call Kelly at the Chabad Center at 941.925.0770 or visit www. chabadofsarasota.com. Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch information: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (call for dates) at the Chabad Jewish Center of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet Interested students may call 941.752.3030 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information. Venice/North Port information: 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays (call for dates) at the Chabad of

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“The Art of Marriage” Examine the arenas of love and respect, of intimacy and communication, of fidelity and domestic harmony. This new six-week course provides a practical and spiritual guide to making your marriage more fulfilling. Sarasota information: Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 Morning class: 10:15 - noon at Chabad of Sarasota Evening class: 7:30 - 8:45 on the Jewish Federation campus Sundays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10 Morning class: 10:30 - noon at Chabad of Sarasota Cost: $79 incl. text; $139/couple Instructor: Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz To register, call Kelly at the Chabad Center at 941.925.0770 or visit www. chabadofsarasota.com. Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch information: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 at the Chabad Jewish Center of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet Call 941.752.3030 or visit www. myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information. Venice/North Port information: 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 at the Chabad of Venice & North Port Instructor: Rabbi Sholom Schmerling To register and for more information, call the Chabad office at 941.493.2770.

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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 Jessica Katz at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x123 or jkatz@ jfedsrq.org for more information.

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 FKC/FCIS 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 handson-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.tbsschools.org

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, The 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 Karp Family Foundation. Contact Jessica Katz at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x123 or jkatz@ jfedsrq.org for more information.

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habad Kaplan Preschool, a VPK provider, serves the educational needs of children ages two to five years. The preschool mission is to provide a warm and happy Jewish environment, which nurtures and values your child’s unique style of learning. Through song and dance, stories and discussions, the precious legacy of their uniqueness as Jews is transmitted. A day in the life of a Chabad preschooler is truly an adventure! Backed by the latest research with an emphasis on upto-date educational trends, the children enjoy learning via a play-based curriculum. As children move through their environment, they are encouraged to explore, manipulate, experiment, create and problem-solve creatively. The low student-teacher ratio ensures that each child receives individual and caring attention. At the heart of the program is the desire to nurture in the children a concern, kindness and sensitivity for their fellow human beings. For more information, contact: Sara Steinmetz, 941.925.0770 or sara@chabadofsarasota.com

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he Goldie Feldman Academy at Temple Beth Sholom Schools was founded in 1992 for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. It began as expansion of the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool at Temple Beth Sholom. The Goldie Feldman Academy is fully accredited (FKC/FCIS) and is the only private Jewish school in the area. At 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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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.

Education - Children • Creating opportunities to experience Judaism together whereby our students can build a foundation for living their lives beyond our doors as involved members 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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August 5-10, 2012 • Houston, TX Federation will subsidize 10 participants in individual, team sports and performing arts. Visit www.jfedsrq.org or contact Len Steinberg for more info at 941.371.4546 x106 or email lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org. Music program at Goldie Feldman Academy

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habad Hebrew School (CHS), led by director Chanie Bukiet, has been in session since September 2005. CHS provides parents with an incredible opportunity to inspire future adults with a sense of Jewish pride and awareness. With the use of original Hebrew-Reading methodology, combined with multi-sensory and hands-on lessons, CHS students look forward to Hebrew School all week long. Monthly newsletters and progress reports encourage a strong home-school connection. CHS also provides many extracurricular activities, including four family FUNSHOPS, a Kosher Bake Sale, and Friday night dinners at the Rabbi’s.

CHS welcomes families from every walk of life. Every child is made to feel 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@chabadofbradenton.com Website: www.chabadofbradenton.com

The Jewish Federation, in partnership with local philanthropists, provides incentive grants for Jewish children planning to attend not-for-profit Jewish overnight camps.

Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012.

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eligious School for children (primary grades through Bar/ Bat Mitzvah) meets Sunday mornings from 10:30 - 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. The Religious School children, all ages, also participate in Temple Beth El’s Erev Shabbat services during the monthly family night Shabbat service the fourth Friday of each month. Hebrew instruction begins in fourth grade and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. For more information, contact: Susie Konicov, Education Chair and Religious School Principal, 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com Website: www.templebethelbradenton.com

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he Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School of Temple Beth Sholom strives to provide an inspiring, stimulating and engaging educational experience guided by the Conservative movement’s principles. The school’s goal is to provide a kehillah (community) which will foster lifelong bonds among learners, and engage them in a vibrant learning environment that celebrates being Jewish. On Sunday mornings six core areas are addressed: Holidays and Symbols, Prayer (Worship services, Havdalah, Brachot, etc.), Jewish Values, Hebrew, Jewish Customs, and Practices, Bible and History. Paver students also attend several Friday evening services with their families. There is no formal sermon during the service. The rabbi leads the congregation in a short lesson related to the Torah portion of the week, holidays, life cycles, current events, etc. After Kabbalat Shabbat, the whole kehillah is invited to share a Shabbat dinner, sing songs and recite the Birkat Ha’Mazon. 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 shalom@nertamidflorida.org Website: www.nertamidflorida.org

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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. For more information, contact: Wendy Tenzer-Daniels, Director of Children’s Education, 941.484.2022 or jcvenice@verizon.net

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For a 2012 Camper Application or for information about our Special Needs program, Staff Application or Family Camp, call the CAMP BARNEY MEDINTZ office at 770-395-2554.

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pen to all Jewish children, the Weinstein Religious School meets every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. throughout the school year. The Morris & Paecia Weinstein Religious School is a place where the joys, values and traditions of Judaism are brought vividly to life. Chabad Religious School is a traditional learning center that has been successful in catering to Jewish families from all walks of life. Its weekly schedule includes Hebrew reading following the trendsetting Aleph Champion program, Jewish history, Jewish holidays, and a hands-on approach to teaching mitzvot. Special holiday events create exciting moments and great memories. Chabad of Sarasota invites you to give your child the gift of Jewish pride and knowledge. Membership is NOT required to join the school. Parents of prospective students are encouraged to schedule a visit. For more information, contact: Sara Steinmetz, Director, 941.925.0770 or sara@chabadofsarasota.com

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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 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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ith a warm community, loving and expert teachers, genuinely kind students, and a leadership committed to making learning joyous, Temple Emanu-El Religious School is a religious school kids truly enjoy attending. Affectionately known as TEERS, Temple Emanu-El Religious School offers Sunday school for kindergarteners through seventh-graders; an additional hour of Hebrew study begins in fourth grade. Along with learning Hebrew and Judaica, students enjoy TEERS’ signature “chuggim” – engaging, hands-on classes in Jewish cooking, music, crafts,

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he mission of the Kol HaNeshama Religious School is to help families deepen their understanding and enjoyment of Judaism through a curriculum where they learn together. Parents and children meet twice a month, from September through May, on Sundays from 4:00 6:00 p.m. Family life is enhanced through the meaningful celebration of Jewish holidays and the practice of core Jewish values. Families are encouraged to create their own rituals for celebrating Jewish holidays, and to develop skills necessary to participate in services. Also encouraged is a sense of involvement in

Jewish community life through opportunities to perform “acts of kindness” (G’milut Chasadim), contribute to “righteous causes” (Tzedakah), and engage in Jewish study. For more information, contact: Jennifer Singer, Education Director, 941.544.4189

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www.jfedsrq.org 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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March 25-27, 2012: 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 party in Sin City. Registration prior to Jan. 20, 2012 is $450. Hotel is $109 per night. *The Federation will offer a $1,000 subsidy per person to the first 10 applicants who contribute at least $180 to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Certain restrictions apply.

For more information, contact Jessica Katz at 941.371.4546 ext. 123 or jkatz@jfedsrq.org.

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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

Education - Children Federation Camp Grant Programs 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 SarasotaManatee. The Jewish Day Camp Incentive Grant Program provides subsidies of up to $150 per child for campers attending a local Jewish day camp. Grants are provided by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For both programs: Eligible parents and children must be Jewish, have resided in Sarasota or Manatee counties for the past year, and are legal residents of the U.S. Grants are paid directly to the camp and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for summer 2012 is January 20, 2012. Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org.

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habad of Sarasota’s Camp Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish camps in the world. It enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter with innovative ideas and creative programs. Camp Gan Israel provides four weeks of fun activities, trips and theme days, all with a Jewish twist. For thirteen years Chabad of Sarasota has enthralled children ages 5-11 while imbuing lots of Ru’ach (spirit) and Jewish pride. Camp Gan Israel is more than a break from the school routine. It is an experience in which children learn the importance of caring, sharing, patience and working with others. Each camper will be able to express his/her creativity, by partaking in a variety of activities, including sports, karate and art. For additional information, contact: Sara Steinmetz, Director, 941.925.0770 or sara@chabadofsarasota.com

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t Temple Beth Sholom Day School, kids of all ages can participate in a Summer Experience that is heavy on the fun but light on the stress. The teaching staff consists of the same teachers that the children interact with during the school year. The preschool program classes are limited in size. Besides the fun art and cooking-themed projects, campers have art class in the Atelier (art studio), outside classroom and water play, Shabbat, and a camp rally. Swim lessons and gymnastics are available in conjunction with the YMCA. The elementary-age campers have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab and a fabulous playground with a soccer field and running track. All elementary-age campers participate in

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Camps swimming, gymnastics and art. Every Friday they celebrate Shabbat with a talent show and a visit to the Bari Brooks Center at the YMCA next door for a dance party. For more information, call: Temple Beth Sholom Schools, 941.552.2770 Website: www.tbsschools.org

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he Gan at Temple Sinai’s Early Childhood Program offers a camp program throughout the summer months. Along with the activities designed to complement the theme, traditional summertime fun activities are included in the monthly program. They include: playing games, story time, art, cooking, music, movement, dance, dramatic play, science and water play.

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Many special activities and enrichments are offered as well: gymnastics, capoeira, magic shows, puppet shows, cooking, petting zoos and many cool visitors. The weekly Friday Shabbat celebration is a lovely part of the busy camp week. The Director of Camp Gan, along with the Chazzan, lead the service with Shabbat prayers, songs and dance. Camp Gan at Temple Sinai…growing minds, strengthening bodies, nurturing souls. For more information, call: Laura Freedman, Director of Early Childhood Education, 941.926.9462

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Education - Children Camps Chabad of Venice Camp Gan Israel

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tolerance, patience and working with others. Camp Director Rivka Schmerling oversees a staff which includes head counselors, group counselors and numerous volunteers, including many local teenagers. Safety is the number one priority and the counselor-camper ratio is one counselor for every five children. For more information, contact: Rivka Schmerling, 941.493.2770 Website: www.cgivenice.com

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Judaic themes are taught though exciting activities. Stories, songs, games and contests, in addition to challah baking, Shabbat parties, arts and crafts, and cooking, are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen body and soul. For more information, contact: 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com Website: www.cgibradenton.org

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Camp Barney offers every imaginable activity, including water skiing, 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 handpicked 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

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The Jewish Federation, in partnership with local philanthropists, provides incentive grants for Jewish children planning to attend not-for-profit Jewish overnight camps. The deadline is January 20, 2012.

Each year, Federation awards college scholarships to qualified applicants. In addition to general scholarships, there are three designated scholarships available. The application deadline is April 9, 2012.

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or almost five decades, Camp Judaea has been providing a highquality, fun and educational program to children and staff members. Camp Judaea is a leader in the Jewish and Zionist camping world for environmentalism in the Southeast region of the United States. Camp Judaea represents the pluralist American Jewish community and educates about culture, respect and diversity. Jewish identity building is a core product of the program that translates to future Jewish leaders who take action in the Jewish value of “tikkun olam,” repairing the world. The camp takes advantage of its beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to provide each camper with an outdoor experience that will heighten his or her appreciation of nature and the outdoors. All campers accepted, regardless of race, color, age, sex, handicaps, religion or national origin. For more information, call: 404.634.7883 in the winter 828.685.8841 in the summer Website: www.campjudaea.org

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rom sunrise to sunset, there’s so much to do at Camp Shalom. Located on the edge of the Ocala National Forest, Camp Shalom was established in 1971 by Shelley and David Sokol. The camp is still owned and operated by the Sokols, along with daughter/ camp director, Heidi Sokol-Weinstein and son and daughter-in-law/resident owners, Michael and Sarah Sokol. Camp Shalom is the only co-ed (girls and boys, ages 7-16) Jewish over-

night camp in Florida. Through the years, thousands of campers have spent their summers at Camp Shalom, growing, playing and experiencing Jewish values. The opportunities for fun at Camp Shalom are endless. Camper

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Temple Emanu-El Youth @ TEE wimming, ice skating, mini-golf, mitzvah projects, overnights, end-of-the-year trips – and forging friendships to last a lifetime – are among the special activities enjoyed by members of Temple Emanu-El’s youth group, Youth @ TEE. Youth @ TEE is designed for fourththrough seventh-graders, although several youth group events are open to the entire community. Participating in social and charitable activities, Youth @ TEE members build wonderful relationships with one another and with their youth group advisor; the sense of friendship and community enhances their experience at religious school,

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amp Ramah Darom (Ramah of the South) is located in the North Georgia Mountains, just two hours north of Atlanta. Nestled on 122 beautiful acres of Appalachian Valley, crystal-clear mountain brooks feed the camp’s picturesque lake, and an inspiring 100-foot waterfall caps the view. The site is further enhanced by more than 10,000 acres of wilderness and hiking trails in the adjacent Chattahoochee National Forest. Founded in 1997, Ramah Darom is the newest overnight camp in the national Ramah system. Under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ramah is the camping arm of the Conservative Movement. Camp Ramah provides a religious, educational camp experience designed to inculcate young people with the values, philosophy, rituals and practices of Judaism in all aspects of everyday life. Along with athletics and the arts, campers and staff receive meaningful Jewish education in a context that promotes an enduring sense of belonging, friendship and joy. Ramah Darom draws campers from 11 southern states including Florida. For more information, contact: 404.531.0801 in the winter 706.782.9300 in the summer info@ramahdarom.org Website: www.ramahdarom.com

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Teen Focus Youth Groups Temple Sinai JOOSY & SAFETY

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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 JOOSY (Junior Organization of Sinai Youth): Sixth through eighthgraders get together for social, cultural and community service events. Participants may attend Hatikvah Kallah, a

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: Leah Wapnitsky, Program Associate, 407.645.5933 x292 or NFR@bbyo.org Website: http://bbyo.org/region/ northflorida/

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ties to run for board positions and take on leadership roles within the temple and NFTY region. For more information, contact: Andrea Eiffert, Youth Director, 941.924.1802 or andrea@templesinai-sarasota.org

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice offers a unique “Teen Club” catering 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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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 contemporar y 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, which is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. For more information, contact: Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, 941.925.0770 or rabbi@chabadofsarasota.com

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.G.I.S.  –  “Thank G-d It’s Shabbat” is a new initiative which Chabad of Sarasota has launched for teens in grades nine through twelve. During six special Shabbat dinners, the teens will convene at the home of Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, where hot-button current event issues will be discussed, deliberated and debated. Rabbi Steinmetz will include the Torah perspective along with Jewish views and values. For more information, call: 941.925.0770

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emple Beth Sholom seeks to create an informal setting in which young teens learn about their Jewish heritage through educational, religious and social activities. Programs take place two or three times per month and activities range from purely social activities like paintball, dances and picnics, to social action activities such as singing Chanukah songs for the elderly, and religious activities like leading Friday night services or an occasional Havdalah service. These youth groups are affiliated with United Synagogue Youth and The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and open to all young people

in the Jewish community. Programs include Chalutzim (third, fourth and fifth-graders), Kadima (middle school), and USY (United Synagogue Youth for high school students). The older groups participate in regional conventions and Yom Disney (Disney Day) – wonderful ways to meet other young Jews. For more information, contact: Elaine Tedesco, 941.552.2780 or etedesco@templebethsholomfl.org

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Florence Melton Communiteen® High School® encourages students in 8th through 12th grades 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 Wednesday evening, are ongoing throughout the school year – join anytime! Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@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 local 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 2010-2011, the SKIP program sent five teens to Israel. Applications for 2012 programs are due by April 1. Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@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 in and exhibit Jewish leadership qualities. Eligible

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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 Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org. On April 15, 2012, 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 camp complex built by the Nazis. The march commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. From Poland, participants will fly to Israel to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee partners with Dr. Barry and Anne Stein and the Kantor family to provide scholarships annually for area teens to participate. Please contact Orna Nissan at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org. JCC Maccabi Games is an amazing event where thousands of Jewish teens meet and compete in sports and performing arts. The Games provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy and peace. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will provide scholarships for a limited number of area students to participate in the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games in Houston, Texas on August 5-10, 2012. Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org.

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Federation Programs This year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will offer Travel Scholarships of up to $2,000 for five area students who have been accepted to a MASA experience in Israel. MASA Israel Journey is a project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel that enables young Jewish adults, ages 18-30, to spend five to 12 months in Israel interning, volunteering or studying in more than 160 programs. Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@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 2011, $60,500 was awarded to 29 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 on the Federation’s website, www.jfedsrq.org. The application deadline is April 9. Please contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee funds Jewish programming for area college students through Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Hillel groups at New College of Florida and the Ringling College of Art & Design host educational, social, cultural, religious, Tzedek, Israel and leadership programs. The programs provide opportunities that are designed to strengthen the students’ Jewish identity and to prepare them to become leaders in the Jewish community. Visit www. suncoasthillels.org for program details. Contact Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@ jfedsrq.org.

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Jewish Outreach Temple Emanu-El Tot Shabbat

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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, and stories with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. Tot Shabbat parti-cipants 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, call: 941.379.1997

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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 organizes a variety of meetings and get-togethers, including a multidenominational Thanksgiving celebration, an interfaith Passover seder and an annual High Holy Days luncheon with the Russian Jewish community. Through the coordination provided by the Social Action Committee, the temple also supports local outreach initiatives, including support for area homeless and others in need provided by the Bill Galvano One Stop Center in Bradenton, the All Faiths Food Bank, as well as the Children’s Healthy Pantry. The Men’s Club actively supports Meals on Wheels, Magen David Adom and Sarasota Opera. 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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emple Emanu-El continues out- hawk Landing and classes at Lakewood reach programs to the Jewish Ranch Town Hall. and interfaith community of Outreach events are open to all. Regardless of Temple membership or Lakewood Ranch/East Manatee. Temple Emanu-El plans several affiliation, all attendees are invited to free events in Lakewood Ranch/East participate as they choose and will find Manatee, offering educational and so- a warm and inclusive welcome. cial opportunities for all ages. One For more information, please call: 941.379.1997 popular event, undertaken with several other Jewish organizations, is a summertime wine-tasting and Havdalah service at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. Another much-anticipated program is the Family Picnic and Havdalah at Summerfield Park, featuring balloon animals, face-painting, and free ice cream from the ice cream truck. New and upcoming Lakewood Ranch/East Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman Manatee outreach programs leads the Havdalah service at the Family Picnic include a swim party at Greyand Havdalah at Summerfield Park

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etting to know people in a large congregation can be intimidating for some people. A Havurah (plural: Havurot) is an easy way to become acquainted with others who have similar interests. Each Havurah usually consists of 6 to 12 couples, families or individuals who meet on a regular basis to celebrate Jewish life. The group decides what kind of activities they would like to participate in. Some activities involve children, others do not. Either way, a Havurah allows synagogue members to make friendship connections within the larger congregational family as a member of a smaller group. Each Havurah plans its own social, educational and spiritual activities to meet the interests and needs of the group. For more information, call: The temple office, 941.955.8121

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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 2012 January 5, 1:00 p.m. The Longboat Key Education Center and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee present “Jews in the News” This class, held each Thursday in January, will provide fascinating historical and cultural insight into today’s current Jewish newsmakers and news events. Instructors include Federation professionals Richard Bergman and Marty Haberer. Longboat Key Education Center $75 members/$85 nonmembers 941.383.8811 January 8, 9:00 a.m. Heart Health Lecture by Dr. Arthur Portnow Breakfast will be served Chabad of Sarasota $5 Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 8, 9:45 a.m. Bagels & Bios – Henrietta Szold Enjoy coffee, bagel and a schmear with friends, and then hear a biography, presented by Adeline Silverman, about the founder of Hadassah, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012 Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121 January 8, 3:30 p.m. Tribute to Debbie Friedman Musical event featuring the music of

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Debbie Friedman, with performances by Temple Sinai’s Chazzan Cliff Abramson and the children of the Gan and the Religious School; Sephardic buffet dinner; award-winning film about the life of Debbie Friedman, A Journey of Spirit Temple Sinai members, $18; nonmembers, $25; children under 8, no charge; children over 8, half price Reservation, with check made out to WOS, due by January 2; mail to Myna Stoltz, 4101 Brookpointe Ct., Sarasota, FL 34238 941.966.3532

Pivotal Figures from a Heroic Era – Natan Sharansky, Elie Wiesel, Gal Beckerman, Margarita Levieva and Richard Perle with Thane Rosenbaum (DVD of the live broadcast from November 9) Temple Beth Israel $3.50 (free for members) 941.383.3428

January 9, 7:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation and the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative present Walid Shoebat Walid Shoebat is a former member of the PLO and was involved in terrorist activities. He now speaks with groups around the world to educate them on the great threat of Islamic radicalism. Jewish Federation Campus $10 Geneve Kallins, gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105 or www.jfedsrq. org

January 13, 7:30 p.m. Interfaith Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring guests from Westcoast Church and the Westcoast Choir Temple Emanu-El Free 941.371.2788

January 10, 6:30 p.m. A Discussion with Frida Ghitis “Israel’s Looming Global Changes, Risk and Opportunity” AFMDA event at Michael’s On East 941.320.9297 or gilam@comcast.net January 10, 8:00 p.m. “Live” from NY’s 92nd St Y The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry:

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January 11, 10:00 a.m. GulfsidePalm ORT “Game Day” Laurel Oak Country Club $29 Marlies Gluck-Upton, 941.371.5522

January 16-17, various times and locations The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents “Fellner on Film” Rabbi Fellner returns to Sarasota to present three movies which deal metaphorically with either the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge as they touch upon our lives. What the films reveal is the continuing struggle to find meaning and purpose, justice and righteousness, and a voice which tells us we are not alone in the universe. $5 Jessica Katz, jkatz@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x123 or www.jfedsrq.org

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Within these walls discover 250 years of unique Florida history, housed in two internationally acclaimed historic former synagogues that were lovingly restored. Enjoy our core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 – Present, and intriguing changing art and history exhibits where Jews retrieve and preserve memories to help insure Jewish continuity. Also visit our Museum Store and Bessie’s Bistro.

2011–2012 Exhibit Schedule • Core Exhibition – Ongoing • Sept. 8, 2011–Jan. 15, 2012 • Sept. 13, 2011–March 18, 2012 • Jan. 31–May 13, 2012 • April 3–Sept. 30, 2012 • May 22–Oct. 14, 2012 • Oct. 16, 2012–March 17, 2013

MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 –Present Rabbi Irving Lehrman – His Life and Art Wooden Synagogues of Poland & The Florida Connection Final Mourner’s Kaddish: 333 Days in Paintings by Max Miller Once Upon a Time in Lithuania & The Florida Connection Mel Finkelstein: Picturing the Man Behind the Camera Project Mah Jongg

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Calendar January 18, 11:30 a.m. NCJW 30th Annual Women in Power Luncheon Honoring four women who have improved the lives of women, children and families in the community: Margaret Callihan, Betsy Kane-Hartnett, Eva T. Slane, Anne Weintraub Michael’s On East $65 941.342.1855

during the nation’s deadliest war. The documentary reveals an unknown chapter in American history when allegiances during the War Between the States deeply split the Jewish community. The film explores the sacrifices Jews made as they defended both the Union and the Confederacy. Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch $5 Jessica Katz, jkatz@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x123 or www.jfedsrq.org

January 20-22 Scholar-in Residence Weekend Rabbi Adam Chalom Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 941.929.7771

January 22, 2:00 p.m. Community Observance of the 70th Anniversary of the Wannsee Conference On January 20, 1942, the “Final Solution” was presented at the Wannsee Conference, when Nazi leadership convened to implement the steps for annihilation of the Jews. Kurt S. Marburg will present a historical perspective as a survivor, eyewitness and soldier. Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121

January 21, 6:00 p.m. Italian Dinner, Italian Bingo (Tombola) and Havdalah After Havdalah, enjoy a catered Italian Dinner, followed by an evening of Tombola, the Italian version of Bingo. Congregation Ner Tamid $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $10 children 12 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org January 21, 6:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Dinner and a Movie Temple Emanu-El Cost: TBA Sharon Alcock, 941.355.7332 January 22, 11:00 a.m. Hands-on Mezuzah Workshop Chabad of Venice 941.493.2770 January 22, 2:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and the Jewish Club of Lakewood Ranch present Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray This film reveals the little-known struggles facing American Jews both in battle and on the home front

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January 23, 6:00 p.m. Temple Beth Israel Annual Gala Sarasota Yacht Club 941.383.3428 January 24, 5:30 p.m. Federation’s Newcomers Event New to the community? Meet new people and connect to the Jewish community. The event will be held prior to a community concert by the Ariel String Quartet. Federation campus Free Ilene Fox, ifox@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x110 or www.jfedsrq.org January 24, 7:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation and The Perlman Music Program present the Ariel String Quartet The Ariel String Quartet was formed in

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Israel 10 years ago. Among their many achievements, the quartet was awarded third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and first prize at the International Franz Schubert and The Music of Modernity competition in Graz, Austria. In 2006, the quartet was named grand-prize winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Free Federation campus Jessica Katz, jkatz@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x123 or www.jfedsrq.org January 26-27, 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. JFCS Book Fair 20% of all sales benefit JFCS programs and services BookStore 1 Sarasota, 1359 Main St. Josephine Eisenberg, 941.366.2224 x142 or jeisenberg@jfcs-cares.org January 29 Temple Sinai Mitzvah Day A variety of community service options, joyous giving of self, music, camaraderie, fun and food Shelley Markus, 941.232.6893 or Maggie Sharff, 941.923.2449 Sunday, January 29, 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Mah Jongg Tournament & Preschool Fundraiser Players from Venice to Bradenton enjoy this all-day event including Silent Auction items and a variety of foods to tempt the palate Chabad of Sarasota Tournament entry fee $29 Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 29, 2:00 p.m. The Bintel Brief A original musical performance based on the Jewish Daily Forward advice column Temple Emanu-El $5 Eunice Cohen, 941.349.4367

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February 3, 11:30 a.m. Tel Mond Israel “Sister Cities” Luncheon Sarasota Yacht Club $22 Betty Greenspan, 941.780.1528 or lotus122@verizon.net February 3, 7:00 p.m. Tu B’Shevat Seder Taste the fruits and grains of the Land of Israel, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service and dessert Oneg Congregation Ner Tamid Free 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org February 4, 10:30 a.m. Tu Bishvat Concert Combined choruses of Congregation

February 4, 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth El – Bradenton 37th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dancing $100/couple 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com February 4, 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Schools’ Celebration of Imagination Enjoy dinner, cocktails & entertainment while you bid on hundreds of items in the silent auction, featuring works of art & furniture created by the students and artists involved with the schools Michael’s On East Shannon Fedder, 941.552.2770

February 5, 12:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Honors Luncheon Elegant and festive luncheon honoring Alice Cotman Lakewood Ranch Country Club Cost: TBA Cin Gilburne, 941.812.4858 February 6, noon Temple Beth Israel Fashion Show Fundraiser Michael’s On East 941.383.3428

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Calendar February 8, noon Sophisticated Ladies – Fabulous Fashions from Chico’s The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom presents a Fashion Show and silent auction; dine and watch local women show off the latest fashion trends Temple Beth Sholom $40 payable to TBS Sisterhood. Reservations required by January 25 Honey Salzman, 941.371.3049 or honey3133@aol.com February 9, 9:00 a.m. JFCS Volunteers are Very Important People Brunch JFCS, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota Tara Booker, 941.366.2224 x143 or tbooker@jfcs-cares.org February 9, 7:30 p.m. Life, Aging & Judaism Learn how to create an edible fruit bouquet, while Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz discusses Life, Aging and Judaism Chabad of Sarasota Free Kelly at 941.925.0770 February 10-12 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Rabbi Mark Washofsky Temple Beth Israel 941.383.3428 February 11, 7:00 p.m. SaraMana ORT “Monaco Comes to Sarasota” Casino Night Michael’s On East Cost: TBA Susan Benson-Steenbarger, 941.373.3876 or sbensonmolnar@aol.com February 12, 9:00 a.m. Mitzvah Day at Temple Beth Sholom Volunteer in the community and participate in the holy task of tikkun olam, repairing the world Anne Schimberg, 941.587.9496 or aschimberg@verizon.net

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February 12, 5:00 p.m. Daddy-Daughter Dance A very special evening for dads and their favorite girls! Temple Emanu-El Cost: TBA Jay Vandroff, 941.727.9816 February 12, 6:00 p.m. Stump the Steinmetz Family & Dinner Chabad of Sarasota hosts a dinner and trivia night $7 adult, $5 children, $25 per family Kelly at 941.925.0770 February 15, 7:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation and the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative present Dennis Prager Dennis Prager, syndicated columnist, author, and one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts, will speak about Israel. Federation campus $18 and $36 Geneve Kallins, gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105 or www.jfedsrq. org February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 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 February 21, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. JFCS Dine & Donate 10% of your check will be donated to the JFCS Food Pantry TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, Westfield Southgate Mall February 21, 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

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Reserved Seating $60; General Admission $30 941.383.3428 February 24-25 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Rabbi Joshua Boettiger Congregation Kol HaNeshama South Gate Community Center No cost for presentations; cost for dinner 941.244.2042 February 25 Club 21 at Sinai The evening will feature live entertainment, buffet, live & silent auctions, signature drinks and more Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 February 26 - March 1, various times The Jewish Federation presents the 2nd Annual Jewish Book Festival, Part II The event celebrates the extraordinary contributions nationally-acclaimed authors make to our Jewish and cultural lives. The committee has selected a diverse and outstanding showcase of authors: Deborah Lipstadt, Rich Michelson, Aaron Pribble, John Thorn, Joseph Braude, Lorraine Abramson, Talia Carner, Ellen Feldman, Nadia Kalman and Charles Fox Various locations $10 and up Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq. org February 29, 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Bradenton Gala Auction & Cocktail Party Bid on over 75 fabulous prizes and enjoy a delicious cocktail party Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill and Bar $50 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

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Calendar March 2012 March 2, 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Across America and Canada Join thousands of communities across the continent to celebrate Shabbat with dinner, candle lighting, songs and discussions Congregation Ner Tamid $12 adults, $8.50 children 12 and under 941.755.1231 or shalom@nertamidflorida.org March 3, 10:30 a.m. The Book Thief Asolo Play Readers Presentation of The Book Thief followed by discussion Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 March 6, 11:30 a.m. GulfsidePalm ORT Fashion Show and Luncheon Michael’s On East Cost: TBA Karen Gary, 941.387.7271 Elyse Diamond, 941.929.7357 March 9-10 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Dr. Norman J. Cohen Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121 March 10, 5:30p.m. JNF Sarasota Tree of Life Award Dinner Michael’s On East 727.536.5263 March 11-15, various times The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and the Sarasota Film Festival present the 3rd Annual Jewish Film Festival The event will feature five films shown in locations throughout the two-county area. These specially-

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Purim events: March 4-11 March 4, 10:00 a.m. Purim Pandemonium Megillah reading, carnival booths, dunk tank, climbing wall, bounce house, face-painting, costume contest, Purim Spiel, hamentashen, raffle, games and much more Temple Emanu-El Free admission, nominal cost for games and activities Sabrina Silverberg, 941.378.5567 or teers@sarasotatemple.org March 4, noon Purimpalooza Carnival Games, food, face painting and fun for all ages Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 March 7, 5:15 p.m. Purim service Includes the megillah reading, costume parade and shpiel followed by a dinner and raffle drawing Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 March 8, 5:30 p.m. Purim Masquerade Comedy Night Chabad of Venice 941.493.2770 March 8, 6:00 p.m. Purim in Paris Enjoy delicious Parisian cuisine, interactive entertainment, comedy with the Rabbi & Cantor, megillah reading, hamentashen and more Chabad Jewish Center of Bradenton $18 adult, $12 children 3-12 941.752.3030 or info@ chabadofbradenton.com chosen films will expose viewers to a variety of historical events and human experiences. $7 and up

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March 9, 7:00 p.m. Purim Extravaganza Costume ball, skits, games, songs and hamentashen Congregation Ner Tamid Free 941.755.1231 or shalom@ nertamidflorida.org March 10, 7:00 p.m. Purim Masquerade Party Elegant and fun Purim-themed celebration featuring dinner and dancing Temple Emanu-El Cost: TBA Ethel Gross, ethrich2009@gmail.com March 10, 7:00 p.m. Purim Party with Hamentash/Latke Debate Congregation Kol HaNeshama South Gate Community Center Free 941.244.2042 Sunday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. Purim Carnival Costume contest, dancing, games, food, games and many children activities Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121 March 11, 6:00 p.m. Men’s Club Purim Barbeque and Megillah Reading Costumes encouraged; Klezmer Music Temple Beth El – Bradenton 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@ yahoo.com Various locations Geneve Kallins, gkallins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105 or www.jfedsrq. org

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Calendar March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.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 Cost: $30; advance registration required Marilyn Schwartz, 941. 473.0936 or Vicki Solomon 941.492.5043 March 14, 6:00 p.m. ORT “Buffet Dinner and Theatre” Evening includes buffet dinner with Yentl performance Asolo Repertory Theatre $75 per person Norm Marshak, 941.739.0463 or storminorm7@aol.com

March 15, 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Sarasota’s 17th Annual Gala A dinner, honoring Morris & Paecia Weinstein and Arthur & Sheila Fox to benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund Michael’s On East Kelly at 941.925.0770 March 16, 7:30 p.m. Michael Rosenzweig, Pres/CEO National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 March 18, 5:00 p.m. Hadassah Centennial Dinner Fete Ballroom, Polo Grill and Bar $50 Lee Ruggles, 941.924.1338

March 20, 11:00 a.m. JFCS Golf Challenge Longboat Key Club & Resort $375 per golfer Josephine Eisenberg, 941.366.2224 x142 or jeisenberg@jfcs-cares.org March 20, 6:00 p.m. JFCS Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting Longboat Key Club & Resort $85 per person Josephine Eisenberg, 941.366.2224 x142 or jeisenberg@jfcs-cares.org March 22, 6:00 p.m. Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents Women’s Passover Celebration This event features Peri Smilow, nationally recognized singer/ songwriter, educator and community organizer. Her music has been heard

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Calendar throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Singapore and Israel. Michael’s On East Tickets start at $54 Ilene Fox, ifox@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x110 or www.jfedsrq.org March 23-24 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Dr. Rachel Dulin Congregation Kol HaNeshama South Gate Community Center No cost for presentations; cost for dinner 941.244.2042 March 25, 8 a.m. Rummage Sale Huge sale of everything from furniture and electronics to clothes, books and plenty of tchotchkes Temple Emanu-El Free Laura or Bruce Zalkin, 941.322.0614 or lovemysisterhood@aol.com

April 2012 April 14 Temple Beth El Bradenton Casino Night Bradenton Woman’s Club 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com April 16, 10:00 a.m. JFCS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Michael’s On East $25 per person Tara Booker, 941.366.2224 x143 or tbooker@jfcs-cares.org April 18, 7:30 p.m. Community Yom HaShoah Service Solemn community-wide observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinic Assoc. Temple Emanu-El Free 941.371.2788

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April 20, 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

April 29, 9:45 a.m. Bagels & Bios – David Harris Enjoy coffee, bagel and a schmear with friends, and then hear Sue Jacobson talk about David Harris, the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, writer, radio commentator and human rights activist Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121

April 21, 7:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents Yom HaZikaron Commemoration/Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Event Federation Campus Free Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.jfedsrq.org

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Saturday, April 21 Swinging Sinai Sock Hop Get out your poodle skirts and saddle shoes and prepare to dance to the original ’50s and ’60s records of DJ Raoul Weinstein. Light fare and cash bar. Prizes for best outfits. You could be the Queen of the Hop! Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 April 22, noon Israeli-Style Brunch A Holocaust survivor will be the guest speaker Chabad of Sarasota’s Club 770 $8 adult, $6 student Kelly at 941.925.0770 April 28, 6:00 p.m. Israeli Dinner & Yom HaAtzmaut After Havdalah, celebrate Israel with an Israeli dinner, music, 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

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May 1, 7:30 p.m. Kabbalah of Health & Healing N’Shei Chabad Women will host a dinner with guest lecturer Rochel Holzkener Chabad of Sarasota $25 for N’Shei members, $36 for nonmembers Kelly at 941.925.0770 May 6, 12:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Mitzvah Day A day of hands-on community service projects and donation drives; all are welcome to participate Temple Emanu-El Free Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net May 9, 1:30 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Interfaith Tea An afternoon of sharing and learning with women of various religious traditions Temple Emanu-El Cost: TBA Dorothy Quint, 941.359.9417 May 10, 5:30 p.m. Lag B’Omer Family BBQ Chabad of Sarasota event Siesta Key Pavilion Free Kelly at 941.925.0770

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Calendar May 10, 6:00 p.m. Lag B’Omer Mitzvah Parade, BBQ & Drum Circle Chabad of Venice 941.493.2770 May 11, 6:00 p.m. Lag B’Omer Field Day and Picnic Congregation Ner Tamid Free 941.755.1231 or shalom@ nertamidflorida.org

May 26 Tikkun Leil Shavuot An evening of Jewish learning and community, evocative of the Israelites’ experience at the base of Mt. Sinai awaiting receipt of the Torah Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 May 26, 7:00 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot A special evening of study and dairy

desserts in honor of Shavuot Temple Emanu-El Cost: $18 for guests Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net May 27, 5:00 p.m. Shavout Ice Cream & Blintzes Chabad of Venice 941.493.2770

June 2012 June 9, 6:00 p.m. Family Beach Picnic and Havdalah Casual cookout and family fun sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood Turtle Beach Picnic Shelter, Midnight Pass Road at south end of Siesta Key Cost: TBA Steven Leavitt, 941.587.8944

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May 12 Temple Sinai’s Golf Ball Drop If your ticket number matches the number on the golf ball closest to the target, you win the grand prize of $2,500! Longwood Run Park Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $25; need not be present to win 941.924.1802

May 19, 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals Bring your pet for a special blessing and celebration of the animal companions in our lives Temple Emanu-El Free Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net

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2012 Candle lighting times for the Sarasota-Manatee area: January 6: 5:32 pm January 13: 5:38 pm January 20: 5:43 pm January 27: 5:49 pm February 3: 5:54 pm February 10: 6:00 pm February 17: 6:05 pm February 24: 6:09 pm March 2: 6:14 pm 6:18 pm March 9: March 16: 7:21 pm March 23: 7:25 pm 7:29 pm March 30: April 6, Eve of First day Passover: 7:32 pm April 7, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:26 pm April 12, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:35 pm April 13, Eve of Eighth day 7:36 pm Passover: April 20: 7:39 pm April 27: 7:43 pm May 4: 7:47 pm May 11: 7:51 pm May 18: 7:55 pm May 25: 7:59 pm May 26, Eve of First day Shavuot: after 8:56 pm May 27, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:57 pm 8:03 pm June 1: June 8: 8:06 pm June 15: 8:08 pm June 22: 8:10 pm June 29: 8:11 pm July 6: 8:11 pm July 13: 8:09 pm July 20: 8:07 pm 117

July 27: 8:03 pm August 3: 7:59 pm August 10: 7:54 pm August 17: 7:47 pm August 24: 7:41 pm August 31: 7:33 pm September 7: 7:25 pm September 14: 7:17 pm September 16, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:15 pm September 17, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: a fter 8:06 pm September 21: 7:09 pm September 25, Eve of Yom Kippur: 7:05 pm September 28: 7:01 pm September 30, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:59 pm October 1, Eve of Second day after 7:50 pm Sukkot:

October 5: 6:53 pm October 7, Eve of Shemini 6:51 pm Atzeret: October 8, Eve of Simchat Torah: after 7:43 pm October 12: 6:46 pm October 19: 6:39 pm October 26: 6:33 pm November 2: 6:28 pm November 9: 5:23 pm November 16: 5:20 pm November 23: 5:18 pm November 30: 5:17 pm December 7: 5:18 pm December 14: 5:20 pm December 21: 5:23 pm December 28: 5:27 pm

2012 (5772/5773) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: February 8 (Wednesday) Purim: March 8 (Thursday) Passover (Pesach): April 7 (Saturday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 19 (Thursday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): April 25 (Wednesday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): April 26 (Thursday) Lag B’Omer: May 10 (Thursday) Shavuot: May 27 (Sunday) Tisha B’Av: July 29 (Sunday) Rosh HaShanah 5773: September 17 (Monday) Yom Kippur: September 26 (Wednesday) Sukkot: October 1 (Monday) Shemini Atzeret: October 8 (Monday) Simchat Torah: October 9 (Tuesday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 9 (Sunday)

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Index Advocacy groups 62-63 American Friends of Magen David Adom 65 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 62 American Jewish Committee 63 American Technion Society 66 Anti-Defamation League 63 Association of Professional Jewish Artists 57 B’nai B’rith International, FL Gulf Coast Lodge 56 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) 102 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Mission 104 Book discussion groups 22-23 Brandeis National Committee – Sarasota Chapter 55 Calendar of Jewish-related live events at theaters 32-34 Calendar of community events 108-116 Camp Barney Medintz 100 Camp Coleman 100 Camp Gan at Temple Sinai 98 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Bradenton 99 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Sarasota 97 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Venice 99 Camp Grant programs 97 Camp Judaea 101 Camp Ramah Darom 101 Camp Shalom 101 Camps 97-101

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Candle lighting times 117 Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton 92 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 49 Chabad of Sarasota 43 Chabad of Sarasota Kaplan Preschool 89 Chabad of Sarasota Torah 4 Teens 103 Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 95 Chabad of Venice & North Port 47 Chabad of Venice Hebrew School 95 Chabad of Venice Teen Club 102 Chevra Kadisha 72 Classes 74-86 College scholarships 105 Computers 4 Seniors Training 74 Communiteen® 104 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 44 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 42 Congregation Kol HaNeshama Family Education 96 Congregation Ner Tamid 48 Congregation Ner Tamid Sunday School 93 Consulate General of Israel for Florida and Puerto Rico 69 Cooking classes & food festivals 36-37 Dress Up for Yontif program 70 Education, adult 74-86 Education, children 88-101 enewsletter 17 Entertainment 18-20, 32-35 Family and Friends of Israelis (FAFI) 59 Film 18-19 Florence Melton Communiteen® High School 104 Florida Holocaust Museum 26 Florida-Israel Chamber 69 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 68 Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai 88 Generations After 26 Goldie Feldman Academy 91 Hebrew/religious schools 91-96 Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative 14 Hillels of the Florida Suncoast 105 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL 27 Holocaust programming 26 Hospice 72 Israel Advocacy Initiative 14 Israel Bonds 64 Israel Connection 64-69 JCC Maccabi Games 104 Jewish Book Festival 22 Jewish Center of Venice 46 Jewish Center of Venice Religious School 94

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Index Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch 58 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 70-71 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee 10-14 Jewish Film Festival 18 Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL 59 Jewish Heritage Video Collection 18 Jewish holidays 117 Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) 86 Jewish Museum of Florida 28 Jewish National Fund 67 The Jewish News monthly newspaper 16 Jewish Outreach 106-107 Jewish War Veterans – Sarasota County Post #172 58 JFED Singles 58 Junior Organization of Sinai Youth (JOOSY) 102 Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool 88 Kobernick Anchin 72 Kosher Consumer Council 73 Kosher/Jewish food providers 73 L’chaim BBYO 102 Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y 20 March of the Living Mission 104 Movie nights/series 18-19 Museums 26-28 Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) 54 National Council of Jewish Women 54 Organizations 52-69 ORT America 52 Outreach 106-107 Paver Religious School 93 Performing arts 32-34 The PJ Library® 88 Preschools 88-89 SaBra Hadassah 53 Sarasota Area Federation of Extreme Temple Youth (SAFETY) 102 Sarasota Jewish Chorale 56 Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva 81 Sarasota Sister Cities Association 68 Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinic Association 56 Scholar-in-Residence programs 24-25 Scholarships 97, 105 Schools 88-96 Send-A-Kid-to-Israel (SKIP) Program 104 Senior services 70-72 Shalom Baby 88 Simon Wiesenthal Center 62 Singles group 58 Speakers/Lectures 29-31 Special interest groups 52-59 119

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Synagogue Council of Sarasota/Manatee Counties 47 Synagogues 38-50 Teen Federation programs 104-105 Temple Beth El Bradenton 45 Temple Beth El Bradenton Religious School 92 Temple Beth El North Port 50 Temple Beth Israel 40 Temple Beth Sholom 38 Temple Beth Sholom Summer Experience 98 Temple Beth Sholom Youth Groups 104 Temple Emanu-El 41 Temple Emanu-El Preschool 90 Temple Emanu-El Summer Camp 97 Temple Emanu-El Religious School 96 Temple Emanu-El Youth @ TEE 101 Temple Sinai 39 Temple Sinai Religious School 91 T.G.I.S. - “Thank G-d It’s Shabbat” 103 Theater 32-34 Tidewell Hospice 72 Veterans 58 Video Collection, Jewish Heritage 18 Young Adult Division, Federation 54 Youth groups 101-103 Zionist Organization of America 66

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Directory of Advertisers Agencies/Organizations

Home & Design

AFMDA (American Friends of Magen David Adom) 3 American Technion 49 B’nai B’rith 43 The Community Foundation of Sarasota 31 Hadassah - FL Central Region 42 Israel Bonds 29 Jewish National Fund 37 ORT America 75

Braendel Painting 52 Shah Abbas Fine Oriental Rug Gallery 81 Sleep King 54 Zarrin Designs 41

Hotels

Hotel Indigo 53 Hyatt Place 57 Lido Beach Resort 23 Ramada Waterfront Sarasota 67

Attorneys

Blalock Walters 24 Dan Dannheiser Inside Back Cover Williams Parker 2

Jewelers

The Family Jeweler 64

Media

Bridal & Formal Wear

The Radio Rabbi (Barbara Aiello) 62 Sarasota Magazine 20

Sarasota Brides & Formal Wear 30

Camps

Pets

Camp Barney Medintz 94 Camp Judaea 97

Cat Depot 93

Chevra Kadisha

Printing

Cultural Centers/Performing Arts

Real Estate

Spotlight Graphics 69

Sarasota-Manatee Chevra Kadisha 72

Barbara Ackerman 17 Janis Collier 54

Asolo Repertory Theatre 6 Jewish Museum of Florida 109 The Players Theatre 33 Sarasota Film Festival 21

Restaurants/Food/Catering

Michael’s On East 1 Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering 25 Nellie’s Deli & Catering 98 Oasis Cafe 58 Paisano’s Italian Bakery 41 Polo Grill & Bar 22 TooJay’s 32

Education

Chabad Kaplan Preschool 89 GAN Preschool 89 Temple Beth Sholom Schools 61 Temple Sinai Religious School 95

Financial

Senior Living Alternatives

Lauren Rudd - Day Hagan 5 Udell Associates 111

Kobernick/Anchin 85 Lakehouse West 28 Sarasota Bay Club Back Cover Savannah Grand 82

Funeral Homes Toale Brothers 72

Health/Medical Services

Senior Services

Center for Sight Inside Front Cover Richard Greenspan, DDS 30 Lakewood Ranch Premier Care 55 Urolology Treatment Center 4

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A Bridge For Independence 72 Help at Home Homecare 77 JFCS 58 Right at Home 63 Senior Home Companions 25 Tidewell Hospice 71

Synagogues

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 65 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 35 Congregation Ner Tamid 59 Jewish Center of Venice 63 Temple Beth El Bradenton 27 Temple Beth El North Port 52 Temple Beth Israel 51 Temple Beth Sholom 60 Temple Sinai 36

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