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Come discover 250 years of unique Florida history through the core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida 1763-Present. Housed in two internationally acclaimed restored historic former synagogues, the Museum also offers intriguing temporary art and history exhibits for Jews to retrieve and preserve memories to help ensure Jewish continuity. Also visit the Orovitz Museum Store for one-of-a-kind gifts and keepsakes, and have a nosh in Bessie’s Bistro.

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Ongoing Core Exhibition........................................MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida –1763 to the Present Thru January 27, 2013.........From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America (Children’s Exhibit) Thru March 17, 2013 .................................................................................................Project Mah Jongg February 12 – May 5, 2013....................................................Miami Mosaic: Portraits by Inez Hollande April 9 – September 15, 2013 ........................................................................Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age May 21 – October 20, 2013 ............................................................................Miami Salsa by Carol Fryd 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 Tel: 305-672-5044

For a complete list of the Museum's programs and special events, please visit www.jewishmuseum.com. Open daily: 10am–5pm, except Mondays, Jewish and Civil holidays. The Museum is supported by individual contributions, foundations, memberships and grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.


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Jewish Federation Staff

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halom! Welcome to the third edition of Connections – A Guide to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee. This is THE publication to turn to for the local Jewish community’s activities, programs, services and organizations. Just as The Jewish News serves to keep you up-to-date on all things “Jewish” each month, Connections serves as your annual resource guide. I am often asked by friends and family on the east coast of Florida and in the New York area whether there is “Jewish life” in Southwest Florida. Well...what you are holding in your hands is proof positive that Jewish life is alive and growing in our area. Did you know that in Southwest Florida (from Bradenton to Marco Island) there are 29 synagogues, including eight Chabads? There are three Jewish Family Service agencies; several chapters of Hadassah, ORT, NCJW and JWV; and a Holocaust Museum in Naples. There are four Jewish Film Festivals, two major Jewish Book Festivals, numerous book discussion groups, mah jongg galore, several Jewish food fairs, large community holiday celebrations, and hundreds of cultural and learning opportunities. In fact, the Community Calendar on pages 110-116 lists 100 Jewish community events in the first half of 2013, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you go through these pages and read all the information in them, you will learn a lot about the wealth of opportunities – cultural, educational and spiritual – available to the Jewish community in Sarasota-Manatee. Without our valued advertisers, neither The Jewish News nor Connections would be possible. When you visit an entity that advertises with us – whether it’s a health provider, lawyer, theater, restaurant or museum – please be sure to say, “Thank you for advertising with the publications of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.” We would like to extend special thanks to Sarasota resident and world-class photographer Jeffrey Weisman, who shared his photographic vision for this year’s Connections cover. Jeffrey lives and works in Siesta Key. He serves on the Board of Directors of Art Center Sarasota, and on the City of Sarasota Public Art Advisory Board. Running his own advertising and marketing agency in New York City for many years, Jeffrey now shows his art in Sarasota, Longboat Key, Venice, FL, and East Hampton, NY. You can see his work at www.jeffreyweisman.net.

Ted Epstein Connect with Connections! Email your comments, questions, kudos, criticism and suggestions to jewishnews18@gmail.com. Or send a letter to: Connections Editor, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 The McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Strength ofFLa34232 PeoPle.

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Table of Contents FEDERATION.............................................10-15

ADULT EDUCATION..................................76-89

From the Executive Director................................................10 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee............11-14 The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative..15

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

News and Information ....................................................16-17 Entertainment - Film/Variety.........................................18-21 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 Fun & Games.............................................................................35 Festivals, Food, Fashion...................................................36-37

RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................38-50 ORGANIZATIONS......................................52-71

Special Interest Groups...................................................52-59 Advocacy Groups..............................................................62-63 Israel Connection..............................................................64-71

COMMUNITY SERVICES............................72-75

Jewish Family & Children’s Service.............................72-73 Senior Services.........................................................................74 Kosher Food and Other Resources....................................75

Ongoing Classes................................................................76-85 Early 2013 Classes.............................................................86-89

EDUCATION - CHILDREN.........................90-103

Preschools.......................................................................90-91 Hebrew/Religious/Day Schools...................................92-97 Camps................................................................................98-103

Youth Groups.................................................................104-105 Federation Programs..................................................106-107

TEEN FOCUS..........................................104-107

JEWISH OUTREACH..............................108-109 CALENDAR............................................110-117

Community Events......................................................110-116 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.

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

A Guide to Jewish Living in Collier County

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A Guide to Jewish Living in Lee & Charlotte Counties Featuring: @ Arts & Culture @ Events @ Community Services @ Education @ Religious Life @ Federation @ Organizations @ Community Calendar

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Temple Beth Sholom Committed to your Jewish Life...

Temple Beth Sholom is a full-service synagogue which offers a variety of worship services including daily minyan, services for children, and Shabbat, Festival and High Holy Day services. Services are a wonderful mix of traditional melodies, Hebrew songs, Torah chanting, and joyous spirit. We welcome you to find your Jewish home here at Temple Beth Sholom. Our kehillah values congregational diversity and encourages innovative and uplifting experiences. TBS will proactively promote involvement across all age groups, with an enhanced emphasis on engaging and retaining young families. We encourage unaffiliated Jews of all denominations to join with us and help build an outstanding and sustainable Jewish community.

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family and traditional Ritual Involvement touching on all aspects of Jewish life Youth Group serving our youth, 3rd through 12th grade Sisterhood and Men’s Club where adult congregants enjoy friendship Continuing Education adult learning opportunities year-round Jewish Cemetery burial grounds in Sarasota county Kosher Kitchen/Catering

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accredited collection of Jewish content books and media Judaica Shop a variety of items for your holiday, gift and every day needs Judaica Museum and Holocaust Garden reflecting the eclectic culture of our Jewish life Martin and Mildred Paver Religious School providing grades K - 7 educational experiences guided by the Conservative movement’s principle All - faiths Temple Beth Sholom Day Schools

the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and the Goldie Feldman Academy serving Preschool through 8th grade

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Jewish Federation A Message from the Executive Director

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have had the privilege of serving our Jewish community provide opportunities for our constituents to express their as the Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of connection to Judaism through cultural arts experiences. Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) for twelve years. During that One in every two Jewish households has participated in a time, I have connected with many volunteers and donors – Federation-sponsored program during the past three years. the backbone of our Federation. It is with their hard work Through our partnerships with Van Wezel, Florida Stuand dedication that we continue to work to make this Jewish dio Theatre, the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Selby community and our Sarasota-Manatee comGardens and others, we have mainstreamed munity a better place for all. Judaism into the general community as well. Our Federation continues to transition as Jewish Education an ever-increasing number of people of every How do we educate Jewishly and bring Isage, differing religious backgrounds, and reprael into our local population? By working resenting a wide variety of communal organitogether with Embracing Our Differences, zations become involved in the work we do. Humanity Working to End Genocide, Youth Changes have been dramatic and much more Experiencing Arts, Ringling School of Art is yet to come. and Design, and the Key Chorale. These orUnder the outstanding leadership of Fedganizations join us in promoting lessons of eration past-President Nelle Miller and our tolerance, understanding and mutual respect HOWARD gifted Federation team of volunteer and proTEVLOWITZ among people of all ages. Executive Director fessional leadership, we have worked these past Through our Federation’s educational three years to recruit new individuals of every The Jewish Federation programs, including the Sarasota Liberal age to add a variety of perspectives to our Fed- of Sarasota-Manatee Yeshiva, Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), and eration Board of Directors. the Holocaust Speakers Bureau, formal and Our Jewish Federation does things differently than many informal Jewish learning takes place throughout our comtraditional Federations. In one of Bob Dylan’s most famous munity on a weekly basis. songs, he wrote, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and never The Federation works to engage children and teens before has this been truer than at our Federation today. We in Judaism “on their terms” through programs like overare challenging existing paradigms, and out of those dia- night Jewish camp incentive grants, the Bob Malkin Young logues we have developed new thinking and new passions. Ambassadors Leadership Mission, March of the Living We must look beyond what has worked and is still viable to Mission, Schiff Send A-Kid-To-Israel Program and STEP: that which must be changed to ensure our future. Some ideas The Shapiro Teen Engagement Project. and concepts will work and some may not. Change is never Additionally, our support of Holocaust and genocide easy. awareness education, diversity initiatives, and Israel advoJewish Civics cacy, impacts tens of thousands of students in elementary, How do we engage Jewishly and instill Jewish pride? Through middle and high schools throughout Sarasota and Manatee partnerships with the general community arts, educational counties during the school year. and civic organizations, such as the United Way, Good- Community Relations will, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sister Cities Association, the We build community through trust and by cultivating relaAsolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Orchestra and more. tionships that will benefit our Jewish community, our general Additionally, through our Federation programs like the community and Israel. Jewish Book Festival, the Jewish Film Festival, WomThrough our interfaith efforts, relationships with the en’s Day and our yearlong celebration of Israel @ 65, we faith-based community and our ongoing efforts with print,

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Federation television and radio media, as well as our Israel @ 65 and Heller Israel Advocacy Initiatives, we keep the community informed about issues relating to world Jewry, Israel, interfaith issues and human interest. In 2012, the Federation sponsored our first ever Interfaith Mission to Israel with 21 faith-based leaders from Sarasota-Manatee. A second mission is planned in 2013. In addition, the Federation is coordinating with the Hispanic community to use Jewish community volunteers to instruct students in English classes, whereby students will be tutored in English reading and comprehension.

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The mission of our Federation is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life. It is our Federation’s communal role to be a connector to Jewish life; providing a “big tent” where Jewish and non-Jewish community members can encounter Jewish ideas, principles, practices and values; where individuals encounter Israel and explore the ideas of Jewish peoplehood in their lives; and a public square for convening important conversations both within the Jewish community and among the broader community at large. I look forward to working with you!

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. Our Jewish Federation expands its reach through strong relationships with cultural arts, civic, educational and faith-based organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee area in order to share Judaism, Israel and Jewish values with the entire community, touching those who are unaffiliated with traditional Jewish

institutions as well as those who share our values and love of Israel.

Annual Campaign

The annual 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 tikkun olam (improving the world), 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 (responsible philanthropy) 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 (pot) as an expression of devotion to community and

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Federation the entire Jewish people. Today, it continues to demonstrate a love of community that is without limitation. The Federation system has raised billions of dollars since its inception. More than just a charitable gift, the Annual Campaign fulfills the Jewish obligation of communal tzedakah and is the centerpiece of the Federation fundraising effort; it provides unrestricted, general support to the community. With less government funding available, the Annual Campaign takes on greater importance. The 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.

Recognition Societies

Major Gifts, Lion of Judah, Pomegranate and Ezra Society 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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The Beatrice Friedman Legacy Society

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee created The Beatrice Friedman Legacy Society to recognize and thank those who have made the most personal and thoughtful gift of all: a permanent commitment to the Federation through a will, trust agreement, prepaid life insurance policy or other estate plan vehicle.

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 Centers 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 will commemorate Israel’s 65th anniversary of statehood this year. Federation has engaged the general community in this initiative by working closely with civic, arts and faith-based organizations to host cultural and educational programming featuring Israeli speakers and entertainers. These programs will offer Sarasota-Manatee residents a taste of Israeli culture right here at home.

Jewish Education

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

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Federation 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 monthly from November through March, brings world-renowned, critically-acclaimed authors to the community to speak about Israel, the Holocaust, 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 in part by the Federation’s Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) division, takes place in December. The event attracts over 300 women of all ages with intellectually stimulating speakers and delicious food. Past speakers include Iris Krasnow, Rabbi Sherre Hirsch and Judy Gold. The Jewish Film Festival will take place March 17-21, 2013. The event, presented in partnership with the famed and well-established Sarasota Film Festival, will showcase Israeli-themed films in connection with the Federation’s

Israel @ 65 celebration. Screenings include post-film discussions led by directors, producers, area experts and local film connoisseurs. Israel @ 65: In April 2013, Israel will celebrate 65 years of statehood. To recognize this milestone, the Federation will offer a year-long celebration of Israel’s technological, humanitarian and cultural contributions to our world. This celebration will include educational and cultural arts programs which are open to people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs who wish to celebrate Israel and her accomplishments.

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 of Sarasota-Manatee serves as a major source of Jewish news and information for the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community. If something Jewish-related is happening locally, you’ll find out about it in The Jewish News. In addition to our nearly 9,000 subscriber households, the newspaper can be found in all area temples and synagogues in Sarasota-Manatee, as well as our partner agencies and public libraries in the area. The latest issue and an archive of past issues can be viewed online at www.jfedsrq.org.

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Federation We welcome editorial submissions from the community. For editorial information, please contact jewishnews18@ gmail.com; for advertising, 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 more. The Federation’s blog, www.jfedsrq.wordpress.com, offers 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 4,500 households. To sign up for the enewsletter, register at www.jfedsrq. org or send an email to info@jfedsrq.org.

The Future

Over the last century, through its vast network of social services, through rescues and special campaigns, the Federation

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

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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 a number of 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. 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. This year, the Heller IAI will lead the Federation and its

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partners in celebrating Israel @ 65. This year-long celebration, which began in November 2012, will bring together everyone in the Sarasota-Manatee community who shares a love of the State of Israel to commemorate her accomplishments and contributions to our world. 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 Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org. “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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Film and lecture featuring the awardwinning investigative journalist and author who serves as the executive Director of The investigative Project, the largest intelligence gathering center on militant Islamic activities. This event is part of the yearlong Israel@65 Celebration!

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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. 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, and features on local leaders. The newspaper also has a Focus on Youth section, Israel & the Jewish World items, commentary pieces and general Jewish interest articles. 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 more than 9,000 Jewish households in the area and is also available at the

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Federation offices, local synagogues, senior living facilities, and area libraries. It 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 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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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s fourth annual Jewish Film Festival will be held March 17-21. The event, presented in partnership with the well-established Sarasota Film Festival, will feature five films shown in locations throughout the two-county area. In honor of the Federation’s Israel @ 65 Celebration, these five speciallychosen films will focus on Israel themes and experiences. The goal of the festival is to 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 Len Steinberg at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org.

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eeping active during the quieter summer season, the Jewish Congregation 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 jcvenice2@gmail.com, or visit www. jewishcongregationofvenice.org.

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abbi Azriel Fellner returns to Sarasota on Sunday and Monday, January 6-7 to present and discuss three films, each of which has to do with the idea of the “stranger,” the “alien” or the “other.” The films will not be shown in their entirety; rather this is a discussion using clips from the films. The featured films are The Ten Commandments, The Secrets and A Seinfeld Episode called Yada Yada Yada. The Federation is grateful to Leonard and Helen Glaser for their sponsorship of this program. Tickets are $10 per movie or $20 for the series. For details, locations and tickets, contact Len Steinberg at lsteinberg@ jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106, or visit www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx.

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teve Emerson is considered to be one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He is the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Steve returns to Sarasota to screen his newest documentary, Jihad in America 2: The Grand Deception, on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Church of Hope in Sarasota. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org/ events.aspx or contact Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org.

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.

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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 L. Sainer Social Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons and include discussions following the films. Upcoming screenings: January 9: Nora’s Will – This film from Mexico (in Spanish with English subtitles) is a tale of lost faith and eternal love. When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, Jose is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly buried. He soon realizes he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast, leading Jose to examine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other. Dr. Fred Herzog will lead a question and answer session after the film. February 13: Bar Mitzvah – This film is

role. March 13: Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference The films are free and open to the public. Popcorn will be available, provided by the Men’s Club. For more information, call the temple office at 941.955.8121 or visit www. templebethsholomfl.org.

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everal years ago, an evening movie group was started by the SaraMana ORT Chapter. If you are a movie buff and wish to share this interest, you will enjoy the ORT Movie Nights. The very knowledgeable facilitator, Jordan Shifrin, is known locally for his take on film. To reserve a spot or for further information, contact Alice Shwom at 941.907.0100 or abstrade30@aol.com.

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istinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic and others. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to host Mr. Siegel in Sarasota for the first time as he presents Keyboard Conversations®, a polished concert-with-commentary followed by lively Q&A. Keyboard Conversations® presents some of the most familiar and beloved melodies of all time, tunes we all know and love, along with the interesting and touching human stories behind them. Mr. Siegel’s performance is an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general.

Entertainment - Variety Events will be held at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus. Special thanks to media sponsors WUSF 89.7 and WSMR 89.1, and to Pritchards Pianos and Organs for the piano. Upcoming events: Tuesday, January 22: The Romantic Music of Chopin Tuesday, March 12: The Power and Passion of Beethoven For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org/ events.aspx or call 941.371.4546 x119.

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going on, not the sound bites.” Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key 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 of Temple Beth Israel and the Charlotte P. Graver Fund, which is part of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The cost is just $5 for nonmembers; free for TBI members. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open an hour before the scheduled broadcast. For the schedule and more information, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org.

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traight from New York City comes a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Full of energy and bursting with fun, this international hit from Israel features over seventy a cappella and beat box versions of the songs you and your whole family will love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart! No instruments, no sound effects – just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on earth. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as part of its Israel @ 65 Celebration. The event takes place at the Van Wezel on Wednesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. To order tickets ($10-$50), visit www.vanwezel.org.

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ack by popular demand and to produce an unprecedented documentary film, this powerful musical drama returns to Sarasota. Soprano soloist Angela Mortellaro joins conductor Joseph Caulkins and composer James Whitbourn in what will be an unforgettable experience. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. There will be two performances by the Key Chorale on Sunday, April 14 – 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.keychorale.org.

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created her own sound – a fusion of classical, jazz, R&B and hip hop. Her Symphony of Brotherhood was the first instrumental single to appear on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop charts. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as part of its Israel @ 65 Celebration. The event takes place at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets ($31-$47), visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.

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ationally known jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman performs on Sunday, January 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai. A welcome reception with the pianist will immediately follow, including light fare, wine and coffee. $25 per person. Reservations, with check made out to Women of Sinai, due by December 28; mail to Maxine Goodheim, 3606 Naranja Way, Sarasota, FL 34232. For more information, please call 941.922.3615.

ach February, the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel welcomes Sarasota Opera for Opera Night. This year, Opera Night will be held on Tuesday, February 26 from 7:30 - 9:30 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 Rich cohen Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • 7:00 pm for the limited 24 Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road Tickets: $10. positions. From *Students attend free with valid ID. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1. this group, 12 of Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Samuel as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. Known as El Amigo, the most advanced Zemurray the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the and talented young last hundred years. ExclusivE MEdia PartnEr: people perform The Strength of a PeoPle. as Studio ArtThe Power of CommunITy. ists. They train as 941.371.4546 • TheJewishFederation.org understudies for

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s third annual Jewish Book Festival continues monthly from November 2012 through March 2013. The event celebrates the extraordinary contributions that nationally-acclaimed authors make to our Jewish and cultural lives. The committee has selected a diverse and outstanding showcase of authors: Lloyd Constantine, Jeff Oliver, Giuliano Hazan, Rich Cohen, Delia Eprhon and Leslie Maitland. The Federation thanks The Observer Group for its sponsorship of this program; individual sponsorship opportunities are available. Complete Festival details are available at www.jfedsrq.org, or by contacting Len Steinberg at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org.

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he Books and Brown Bag Bunch, hosted by Beth Israel Women, is a popular book club that meets at noon on the second Monday of each month to discuss books with Jewish content (books 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. Upcoming discussions: January 14: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, facilitator Carole Klionsky February 11: A German Life – Against All Odds by Bernd Wollschlaeger, facilitator Hadassah Bacaner March 11: Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant, facilitator Gabrielle Miller April 8: The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal, facilitator Marge Sandy

Delia ephron Sunday, March 3, 2013 • 12:00 pm 12:00 pm at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Tickets: $36. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1.

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et your weekly social and spiritual boost at Chabad Jewish Center of Venice’s unique book club, “Caffeine for the Soul.” Roundtable discussions are led by Chaya Rivka Schmerling. Delve into the new book for this year, Simple Words by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (hailed by Time as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar”). Enjoy coffee and homemade pastries as well. The book club meets Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Free of charge and walk-ins are welcomed. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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gation in Sarasota, sponsors “Books and Bagels,” a monthly reading group. Members select books by Jewish or Israeli authors or on Jewish topics. Selections alternate between fiction and non-fiction and offer readers exposure to many different historical eras – from Biblical times to the present. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at different members’ homes, where a brunch of bagels, lox and other breakfast treats fortifies the participants. Facilitators present background information about the book and prepare questions designed to open up discussion. What follows is a lively and stimulating conversation. It is not necessary to be a member of Kol HaNeshama to participate in this group. For more information, please call 941.244.2042.

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, please call to reserve a spot. The GulfsidePalm ORT Chapter has a Tuesday morning and a Wednesday morning book club. For information about the Tuesday morning book club, call Marcia Frankel at 941.928.4240 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 Pam Gordon at 941.758.6565.

abbi Geoffrey Huntting of Temple Sinai is hosting a monthly study series discussing the history and establishment of the modern State of Israel. Each Tuesday 10:30 a.m. session is loosely based on a relevant book. You need not have read the book to find the session worthwhile. The series is free, but please call the temple office at 941.924.1802 to reserve your spot. Upcoming dates: January 22: In the Land of Israel by Amos Oz February 19: The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinnart March 5: The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz

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emple Beth Sholom’s Idelson Library offers a lively Book Review and Discussion. This program is held in the Band/Desenberg Chapel on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. Light Refreshments are sponsored by the Men’s Club. Upcoming discussions: January 16: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larsen and reviewed by Dr. Howard Levin February 27: Beginnings: The First Love, The First Dream...Reflections on the Bible’s Intriguing Firsts by Meir Shalev and reviewed by Martin Cohn March 20: Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Joseph Telushkin and reviewed by Marden Paru The book reviews are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in reading and discussing these books is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554.

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r. Rachel Dulin is returning to Congregation Kol HaNeshama as a Scholar-in-Residence during the weekend of March 16-17. All her weekend talks will address the theme: “Structure and Nature of Family Relationships in the Bible.” Dr. Dulin will speak from the bima during the Torah study portion of Shabbat services, which begin at 10:00 a.m. Following services there will be a pot luck luncheon. After lunch, Dr. Dulin will be available for questions and a discussion of ideas generated by her talk during services. This event will be held at South Gate Community Center. On Sunday morning, the congregation will host a brunch, during which people may converse informally with Dr. Dulin. After brunch she will resume her formal presentation. This will be followed by another question/discussion session. Location to be announced. Born in Israel and educated in Israel and the United States, Dr. Rachel Dulin is familiar to many in the Sarasota area. A dramatic and gifted instructor, she has served as visiting professor of Judaica and Feminism at New College, and has also taught classes through The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Both events are free and open to the public. However, advance registration is required. Please call the Kol HaNeshama office at 941.244.2014 or visit www.congkh.org for more information or to register.

Rachel Dulin will be the featured presenter in a new series at the Federation devoted to discussing the biblical roots and tradition of holidays. January 24 at 10:30 a.m. - Tu B’Shevat February 25 at 10:30 a.m. - Shushan Purim June 8 at 7:00 p.m. - Rosh Chodesh See the ad on page 74 for more information.

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abbi Adam Chalom, Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, will present four lectures over the January 18-20 weekend at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Chalom, a national leader of Humanistic Judaism, holds a Ph.D., in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural studies, and serves as rabbi of Kol Hadash in suburban Chicago. He is a regular contributor to the Chicago Times Religion Blog and is on the Advisory Council of the Humanist Institute. His topic, “Ten Secrets of Jewish History,” will explain why Jewish history is more complicated and more interesting than ever imagined. Schedule of events Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Shabbat celebration and opening session, “What They Don’t Teach in Sunday School” (free and open to the public) Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Session A): “No Abraham or Moses?,” “The Divine Family Tree,” “Hanukkah Minus Miracles” Saturday, January 19 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Session B): “Politics of Torah & Talmud,” “When Sephardic Jews Ruled,” “Jews and Money Since Medieval Times” Sunday, January 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Session C): “Mass Jewish Secularization,” “Antisemitism: Origins and Realities,” “Pioneers of Globalization” All events are held at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Cost is $15 per session or $40 for all three. Make your check payable to CHJ and please note “Scholar-in-Residence” and indicate which sessions you will attend. Send your check to CHJ, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231. For more information, call 941.929.7771.

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and fiscal policy, and labor trends, for the New York Times since 1980. His series, “The Downsizing of America,” won a Polk Award. Knopf published his book, The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences, in 2006. Previously, Uchitelle was an Associated Press foreign correspondent covering economic and political issues in South America and the Caribbean. He was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and taught journalism for many years at Columbia University. His TV appearances include C-Span and The Charlie Rose Show. Most recently, Uchitelle’s articles have focused on United States manufacturing, its decline and potential rebirth. Everyone will find Louis Uchitelle an informative and fascinating speaker on America’s most pressing issues. Schedule of events Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Louis Uchitelle will attend Shabbat services and be introduced to the congregation. He will give a short comment about his topic for the weekend. An Oneg Shabbat will follow services. Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.: Mr. Uchitelle will make a presentation on current American economic issues based upon his long experience and vast research. He is currently conducting studies for a new book and will give us his viewpoint on issues from both his previous book, The Disposable American, and his current work. You will have the opportunity to meet him following his presentation. Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.: Mr. Uchitelle will lead a Town Hall Discussion, answering audience questions. Following the formal discussion, everyone will have a chance to chat over bagels and coffee. All sessions will be held at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Road. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Beata at 941.484.2022.

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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 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 survival and their passion for life.

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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.

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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 twelve areas. It takes visitors from the flourishing days of prewar life of Eastern Europe, through the events of the Holocaust, concentration camps and, ultimately, the birth of the State of Israel. Located in the central atrium of the exhibition space and resting on railroad tracks from Treblinka, is Auschwitz Boxcar #113 0695-5, which was once used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other men, women and children to the killing centers.

he Generations After group is an organization of descendants of Holocaust survivors whose mission is to raise awareness of the Holocaust and related issues, provide a Speakers Bureau for various topics on the Holocaust, and participate in community events and educational forums. The group, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, holds monthly meetings to provide members an outlet to share experiences and learn techniques to retell the stories of the Holocaust to family, General information friends and the community. The Florida Holocaust Museum was instrumental in shaping For more information, visit www.generationsafter.com. and passing legislation to mandate Holocaust education in Florida public schools. More than 160,000 people have viewed 27 different exhibits. Twenty-five-hundred teachers have received Holocaust education training from the Museum, and he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is com- more than 100,000 students have visited the Museum. mitted to providing Holocaust education and awareThe Museum offers the following services: Author Lecture ness programs for our community. The Holocaust Series, Community Outreach Speakers Bureau, Survivor SerSpeakers Bureau provides public and private school teachers vices, Traveling Exhibits, Video Testimonies, Library, Generathe unique opportunity to expand their students’ Holocaust tions After (children and grandchildren of survivors). awareness by inviting survivors and/or their descendants to Tour Information share accounts of their experience with students. 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 and memorial rooms.

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Location and hours

The Museum is located at 55 Fifth Street South in downtown St. Petersburg. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, except on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 727.820.0100 or visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org.

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he 2012-2013 season marks the beginning of the second decade for 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, displayed chronologically from the rise of Hitler through the Nuremberg Trials, includes over 1,000 Holocaust and World War II artifacts and photographs. The collection also highlights the personal experiences of survivors and concentration camp liberators living in Southwest Florida.

Education mission

The Museum’s mission is to promote respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Age-appropriate education outreach programs are available for grades K-12.

Programming includes Museum field trips, presentations by Holocaust survivors and liberators, and information on current world situations. Professional development seminars for teachers are also offered. Community outreach

Trail North (US 41), just south of Pine Ridge Rd. in Naples, is open year-round, closed Mondays and major holidays. Hours: January - April, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.; May – December, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 239.263.9200 or visit www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org.

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programs and private group tours are available by appointment. The authentic Holocaust-era railway boxcar at the Museum is on loan from Jack and F.E. Nortman and the Nortman family.

Location and hours

The Museum, located at 4760 Tamiami

February - March: “Girl Power – How Three Young Women Influenced the Events of the Holocaust” – exhibit and associated events about Sophie Scholl, Irena Sendler and Hannah Senesh Quarterly: World War II Lecture Series presented by Darren Moran Monthly: Holocaust Lecture Series presented by Elliott Katz (December 2012 - April 2013) June - July: “Sosua, The Dominican Republic: A Refuge from the Holocaust in the Tropics” – exhibit and associated events

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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, Orovitz Museum Store, and a Collections and Research Center complete the experience, in addition to a full schedule of programs that complement exhibit themes. 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 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 Brandeis National Committee of Sarasota presents a threeevent series, held at Café Baci, 4001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Each program will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 8, February 12 and March 12. Programs include: A drama, as Roxanne Fay presents “My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Dali Declines to Explain Herself ” A musical discussion, with John Goodman playing and discussing the songs and shows of Richard Rodgers A dance video, as Carole Kleinberg shows a DVD of the 10 best dance scenes on the silver screen The performances are followed by a delicious lunch which can be selected with your reservation. The events are open to the public and the community is invited to attend. The cost is $30 for BNC members for a single event or $75 for the series; $40 for guests for a single event or $110 for the series. For more information or to RSVP, call Janet at 941.388.9624 or Ann at 941.349.6713.

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. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Quint at 941.359.9417.

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice presents an inspirational evening with Joanne Caras, creator of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook, on Thursday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. Joanne worked tirelessly for two

Arts & Culture years to collect recipes and stories from Holocaust survivors from all over the world. Joanne then compiled them into her internationally acclaimed cookbook, filled with recipes and stories of survivors. Joanne will relate the amazing events that led her to create this soul-stirring legacy of family and food. She will also speak about some of the moving and miraculous stories that appear in the book. Open to men and women, the lecture and book signing will take place at the Chabad Jewish Center of Venice. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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ewish History Through Secular Eyes” is a look at the recently published A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine. Rabbi Adam Chalom, who edited Wine’s book following his untimely death, will explore the significance of this fascinating work on Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus. A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine (1928-2007), the founder of Humanistic Judaism, is the culmination of a lifetime of study and insight by one of the most provocative rabbis in Jewish history. Its unflinching approach to academic truth, be it biblical, medieval or modern, is unusual. And its celebration of the contemporary secularized reality of most Jews

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as the culmination of, not a rupture with, the Jewish historical experience is intriguing. Rabbi Adam Chalom, editor of Wine’s magnum opus and his successor as Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, will explore the importance of this new history for the present and future of the Jewish people. Rabbi Chalom’s appearance is presented by The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in partnership with The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. The presentation is free and open to the public. RSVP to the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at chjsarasota@ hotmail.com or 941.929.7771 by January 12. Refreshments will be served.

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ach month, the Idelson Library features the interesting life of a Temple Beth Sholom member. Presentations are on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. and take place in the Band/ Desenberg Chapel at Temple Beth Sholom. The scheduled dates are February 6, March 6, May 1 and June 5. For more information, call the temple office at 941.955.8121.

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njoy coffee, bagel and a schmear with your friends. “Bios and Bagels” is a Sunday Morning Symposium on Jewish icons, held monthly on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. Join in the discussion of 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: January 13: “Dr. Abraham Flexner - Medical Education Pioneer” – presented by Dr. George Hafitz. Flexner revolutionized medical education by investigating the teaching techniques of the early 1920s, and aided in the creation of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Rockefeller Foundation for Medical Research. February 10: “Jacob Adler – Yiddish Actor” – presented by Ralph Wintrob. Adler was an acclaimed actor on Second Avenue as well as Broadway (where he played Shylock in Yiddish with an English-speaking cast). He was known as the greatest Yiddish actor-manager of them all. Come and hear Jacob Adler’s remarkable story, told mainly in his own words. While there is no fee, a contribution for refreshments is requested. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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the month, January through May, at Kobernick House. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida’s “To Life!” series promises to be an exciting journey to both past and future. Lectures are free and open to all. January 20: “Jewish Experience of Russification in Tsarist Russia, 1825-1894” with Doug Cohen February 17: “My Cousin the Gangster” with Mike Karsen March 17: “Mining for Gold: Online Historical Newspapers” with Robin Seidenberg April 21: “Nothing is Forever” with Helga Harris May 19: “Show and Tell” For more information, please contact Kim Sheintal, President JGS of SWFL, at 941.921.1433 or klapshein@ aol.com. To learn more about JGS, visit www.jgsswf.org.

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice presents “Understanding the Iranians – What Motivates the Ayatollas?” on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. This lecture, given by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, will address the current events affecting Israel and the real Iranian threats that are facing the Jewish homeland. Dr. Kedar is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam, a research associate of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and a lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is frequently interviewed in the Israeli, Arab and international media. He served for twenty-five years in IDF military intelligence, specializing in Syria, Arab mass media, Islamic organizations and Israeli Arabs. He is one of

Arts & Culture Israel’s leading experts in understanding the Arab world. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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he Brandeis National Committee of Sarasota will hold General Meetings as well as prospective and new member receptions at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, January 4 and March 1. The events are free and open to the entire community, and will take place on the Jewish Federation Campus. On January 4, John McCarty, Curator and Keeper of the Ca d’Zan, will speak about the John and Mable Museum of Art. Light refreshments will be served. The speaker at the March 1 meeting will be announced. For more information or to RSVP, call Audrey Lourie at 941.927.1900.

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he Chabad of Venice Jewish Women’s Circle presents “Spa for the Soul.” The 7th annual event celebrating Jewish Women takes place on Sunday, May 5 at Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice. Celebrate your Jewish femininity with a day of relaxation, depth and beauty. Participate in a lovely afternoon featuring pampering treatments, boutique shops, live music, fun prizes, desserts and hors d’oeuvres. Get empowered by keynote speaker Mrs. Devorah Kreiman, MA Ed. Her personal journey through challenge and loss has led her to develop a “user friendly” understanding of the Torah approach to human resilience and growth. She is an inspirational lecturer on the power of faith, humor and joy. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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Calendar of live events at local theaters featuring Jewish artists or themes January 2013

January 4 - April 20 When You Can’t Take It With You, a 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winner, debuted to instant acclaim during the Great Depression, it was clear that George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart had come up with the perfect remedy for the nation’s troubles: laughter and optimism. So it’s no surprise that in the 21st cen-

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

tury, it’s still one of the funniest and most endearing plays around. The action centers on the zany inhabitants of the Vanderhof household – a joyous madhouse populated by lovable eccentrics, artists and anarchists. But when granddaughter Alice falls in love with the son of a Wall Street banker, mayhem ensues as values and philosophies collide. www.asolorep.org January 11 - February 28 David Mamet’s scalding comedy/ drama, Glengarry Glen Ross, tackles one of the most elusive topics in all of American literature: the pursuit of the American dream. A contemporary classic that became a celebrated film, this 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winner exam-

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January 19 - March 17 The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein was the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play. It tells the story of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. This production is being directed by Cleveland Play House’s Associate Artistic Director Laura Kepley. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. www.asolorep.org

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ines a group of cutthroat Chicago real estate agents who will do anything to close the deal. Contains strong/mature language. www.asolorep.org

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Live events at local theaters January 30 - April 14 By the 1960s, Joseph Alsop was the most powerful political writer in America. He sat at the center of Washington life: loved, feared and courted in equal measure by the people whose careers he determined. Based on the true events of his life, The Columnist by David Auburn explores the turmoil of the ’60s, the conflict in Vietnam, and the profound personal cost of Joe’s intense political involvement. www.floridastudiotheatre.org

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February 10 Here to Stay- The Gershwin Concert Experience is a multimedia concert event celebrating the greatest team of collaborators in the history of American music. Here to Stay provides unique and entertaining insight into the legendary Gershwin duo, and offers rare audio and video

footage of the Gershwins. This special event features Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter, Grammy awardwinning Soprano Sylvia McNair, and tap dancing sensation Ryan VanDenBoom. www.vanwezel.org February 19 - March 17 It’s time for a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the 20th century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker in Hello, Dolly! With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! is full of memorable songs including Before the Parade Passes By, It Takes a Woman, Elegance, It Only Takes a Moment and Hello, Dolly! www.venicestage.com February 21 - March 17 Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Fo-

Arts & Culture rum (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart) tells the story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity, and satirical comments on social class. www.manateeplayers.com February 25 A Chorus Line – This 1975 musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line won nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. www.vanwezel.org continued on next page

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March 3 The frank, quirky nature that defines Howie Mandel’s comedy on series like NBC’s hit talent competition America’s Got Talent has made him a mainstay of the American entertainment scene for 30 years. He spent six seasons as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the Emmy Awardwinning drama St. Elsewhere, received wide recognition for the animated children’s series, Bobby’s World, and an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Reality/Competition Host” on Deal or No Deal. www.vanwezel.org March 14 Capture the pure joy inspired by every note from the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman. Beloved by audiences the world over, this classical musician’s performances have touched presidents and kings. www.vanwezel.org

Live events at local theaters March 27 Voca People is a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Full of energy and bursting with fun, this international hit from Israel features over seventy a cappella and beat box versions of the songs you and your whole family will love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart! No instruments, no sound effects – just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on earth. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. www.vanwezel.org

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April 25 - May 5 Side Show is based on the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who make a change from being a circus act to becoming famous Vaudeville performers in the 1930s. This cult

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classic musical opened on Broadway in 1997, and was the first and only time that two actresses were co-nominated for the Best Actress Tony Award. Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) wrote the music. Show-stopping numbers include I Will Never Leave You” and the haunting anthem Who Will Love Me As I Am. www.theplayers.org

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May 2 - 19 Fiddler on the Roof is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters – each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. www.manateeplayers.com May 9 - 27 How to Eat Like a Child, by Delia Ephron, John Forster and Judith Kahan, is a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Children give 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. The pace is fast, the tone subversive and the recognition instant. www.venicestage.com

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f you enjoy mah jongg, Scrabble, Rummikub, backgammon or cards, you will enjoy the ORT Game Day. Mark your calendar for the annual GulfsidePalm ORT Game Day on Wednesday, January 9 at Laurel Oak Country Club (2700 Gary Player Boulevard, Sarasota). Come for a delightful day while supporting ORT schools and programs. $36 per person includes lunch and game tables. Welcome begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a buffet lunch with a bountiful array of salads, fruit and desserts. Bring your own game equipment.

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he Women of Sinai hosts its 11th Annual Mah Jongg and More event on Thursday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy an all-day event including door prizes and fabulous food. Bring your friends to play the game of your choice. $25 per person. Reservations, with check made out to Women of Sinai, due by February 15; mail to Etta Raiken, 630 Waterside Way, Sarasota, FL 34242. Call Etta at 941.349.6382 for more information.

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his annual fall fundraiser for the Jewish Congregation of Venice offers a lively bazaar featuring antique furniture, unique collectibles, assorted arts and crafts, and booths from various community vendors. A delicious lunch can be purchased with favorite deli sandwiches, choice “noshes,” and homemade bakery treats. For more information, contact Beata at 941.484.2022 or jcvenice2@ gmail.com.

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eed your mind, nourish your soul and delight your senses. On the first Thursday of each month, the Chabad of Venice Jewish Women’s Circle presents “The Joy of Jewish Cooking.” Discover the strength of the Jewish woman, when learning and laughter, the sacred and secular, spiritual and physical, come together for an unforgettable night out. These gatherings provide you the opportunity to relax and socialize while you explore both the practical and mystical aspects of our heritage. It’s a time where women can schmooze, laugh and enjoy a night out. The Women’s Circle is a great opportunity for women in the community to get to know one another and form close personal bonds with their Jewish neighbors in a warm and inviting setting. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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he GulfsidePalm and SaraMana ORT Chapters present “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” an elegant extravaganza that women of all ages will enjoy. This event will be held at Michael’s On East at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 20. Featured will be Phil Mancini’s delicious gourmet food choices, vendor tables, silent auction, disc jockey, and fashions by Dillard’s. Come for a fun afternoon. $48 per person. For more information, please contact Barbara Berliner at 941.907.0317 or Karen Gary at 440.320.8690.

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t the Jewish Congregation of Venice (JCV) Annual Food Festival, held in February, “Delilicious” 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, games and kids’ activities. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee supports live music entertainment 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

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emple Beth Sholom is a fullservice synagogue which offers a variety of worship services. Everyone is welcome to 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 7:00 p.m. and is followed by a light dinner and an Oneg Shabbat where congregants have the opportunity to soRabbi Joel Mishkin, Paver Religious School Director cialize. Shabbat morning serFlora Oynick, Executive Director Mitchell Weiss, vices begin at 9:00 a.m., and Hazzan Jeff Weber may include participation by B’nai Mitzvah students, individuals with TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM special simchas or guest lecturers. The 1050 South Tuttle Avenue entire service typically lasts about two Sarasota, FL 34237 and a half hours. Following the service, • Telephone: 941.955.8121 everyone is invited to join the sit-down • Fax: 941.365.4099 Kiddush luncheon with the entire • E-mail: Temple Beth Sholom community. Babyinfo@templebethsholomfl.org sitting is available. • Website: A very active Sisterhood sponsors www.templebethsholomfl.org many temple activities and has semi• Rabbi Joel Mishkin monthly Rosh Chodesh and general • Hazzan Jeffrey Weber meetings. The Sisterhood also manages • Movement/Affiliation: a full-service Judaica Shop, supports United Synagogue of families during times of grief, and proConservative Judaism vides religious school scholarships. The • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club supports the daily minyan Men’s Club, Youth Groups and sponsors several social activities • Services: Daily Minyan throughout the year, 8:00 a.m. Sunday-Friday; including the popular Shabbat Eve 7:00 p.m.; Kosher-for-Passover Kabbalat Shabbat 9:00 a.m. BBQ. • Kosher Catering There are many • Judaica Shop significant events that • Idelson Adult Library occur in Jewish life. • Special Programs/Features: You can rely on Temple Day School, Preschool, Beth Sholom to share Religious School, Adult your greatest joys and Education, Film Series, Havurot, to provide comfort Scholar-in-Residence, Adult in life’s most difficult Choir, Shabbat Dinners, times. Lifecycle Events, Cemetery

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ooking for a Jewish home? Temple Sinai welcomes you with a smile, open arms and open hearts. Serving Reform and liberal Jews since 1991, Temple Sinai embraces young and old, diverse backgrounds, and families of all kinds into the congregational extended family. Together, members engage with the past and joyfully share in living Jewish life within the congregation and in the larger community. Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson have created a participatory worship style for Shabbat and holiday services that blends uplifting

music and joyous spirit. Temple Sinai offers something for all ages and stages of life, always with Jewish learning and community at the core. Highlights include: ÎÎ The Gan at Temple Sinai early childhood program is NAC accredited and offers VPK. ÎÎ The Religious School facilitates exceptional learning for Grades K-12, including Consecration, Family Fun Days, Hebrew classes at two locations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation and Rabbi Shmooze for 11th and 12th graders. ÎÎYouth groups for grades 6-12 affiliated with NFTY. ÎÎLifelong Learning for adults including weekly Torah Talk and Brown Bag lunch discussions with the rabbi, classes on a variety of subjects, a film and dinner series, a Scholar-inResidence weekend and special speakers throughChazzan Cliff Abramson and Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting out the year. Jewish music with contemporary lit- ÎÎ Havurot that become extended urgy. Monthly Rhythm & Jews Family family. The Women of Sinai (Sisterhood) Friday night services involve all ages in celebrating Shabbat, infused with lively and the Men’s Club sponsor a full cal-

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endar of social and meaningful events, and together they provide vital support to temple life. Temple Sinai brings together those open to innovative thinking, passionate discourse and social justice mixed in with lots of laughter and warmth. It is a place where relationships develop and friendships follow. If you want, it can soon become your home. 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 • Chazzan Cliff Abramson • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: SAFETY youth group, Women of Sinai, Men’s Club • Services: Erev Shabbat services, Shabbat morning minyan, Rhythm & Jews, Tot Shabbat, holidays • Judaica Shop • Special Programs/Features: Preschool, VPK, Summer preschool camp, Religious School, Family Fun Days, Hebrew School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Lifelong Learning, Scholar-in-Residence, Mitzvah Day, Havurot, Shabbat and holiday programs and dinners

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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, 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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Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

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umanistic Judaism is not only a religion, it is also the culture and history of a people. Humanistic Jews celebrate the High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat, with songs, poetry, reflections and services (in English), which use the history of those holidays and make them meaningful for the world we inhabit today. Humanistic Jews believe that ethics and morality are human responsibilities, not divine in origin. Humanistic Judaism, a worldwide movement, believes that every person is entitled to life, dignity and freedom. It affirms the existence of all people and welcomes everyone. The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) of Sarasota/Manatee

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was founded in 1996. There are presently over 320 members. Services with dynamic speakers and interesting topics take place on the first Saturday morning and third Friday night each month from September to May. Special events occur during the summer months. It is a lay-led congregation with an active membership. The Humanaires, CHJ’s chorus, is directed by David Berman. The repertoire covers a broad range of Jewish music sung in the various languages of the Jewish people. Annually, they present a joint concert with the Unitarian Universalist chorus. CHJ members enjoy a wide variety of special interest groups, including film, camera, biking, wine tasting, music, games, sunset suppers and social action. And, members may initiate a new group. Shabbat dinners – for 6 to 8 people – offer a way for members to become better acquainted in home settings. Fascinating education programs are planned for the winter months. The annual Scholar-in-Residence weekend is scheduled for January 1820, 2013. CHJ is affiliated with the Society for

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Humanistic Judaism, founded by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in 1963. CHJ is affiliated locally with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the Synagogue Council, and the Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network (GAIN). 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: Scholar-inResidence, Special entertainment programs in the summer months

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ow entering its sixth year, cussion of a part of the text. Because Congregation Kol HaNeshama breaking bread together is a way to build (KH) is a place where modern community, Saturday morning services American Jews can express and prac- are followed by a potluck lunch. All the tice their Judaism in a community that major holidays are celebrated with speengages passionately with Jewish ideas cial services, festive meals or parties, as and nourishes the Jewish soul. Activi- appropriate for the holiday. ties provide a relaxed, The opportuparticipatory and mindnity to learn is a key ful Jewish experience. value of KH. “Lunch Affiliated with the and Learn” sessions Reconstructionist Moveat members’ homes ment, KH offers coninclude a short sergregants a place to learn vice followed by a and pray in a contempolay-led Torah discusrary Jewish context that sion. “Books and Baenables them to fulfill gels” sessions offer their individual intelmonthly discussions lectual, spiritual and of fiction and nonemotional needs. It is refiction books of Jewspectful of traditional obish interest. Other servance but also open programs include Co-presidents Toby Deutsch to new interpretations congregation Shaband Maureen Binderman and forms of religious bat dinners, Adult expression. and Family Education classes, ScholarKH celebrates Shabbat at weekly in-Residence lectures and discussions, services, alternating between Kabbalat and Jewish Meditation. Shabbat services on Friday nights and Torah services on Saturday mornings. Friday night services are enlivened by music and song. Saturday morning services include Torah reading and a focused dis-

KH is led by Jennifer Singer, MAJE and student rabbi at ALEPH: the Institute for Jewish renewal, and Neil Newman, a retired cantor and Jewish educator. Kol HaNeshama welcomes individuals and families of varying Jewish lifestyles, marital status, gender, race and sexual orientation to its community. No one is ever excluded from a KH activity for financial reasons. CONGREGATION KOL HaNESHAMA Services are held at: South Gate Community Center 3145 Southgate Circle Sarasota, FL 34239 • Telephone: 941.244.2042 • Email: info@congkh.org • Website: www.congkh.org • Spiritual Leaders: Neil Newman, Rabbi Jennifer Singer • Movement/Affiliation: Reconstructionist • Services: Friday night 6:00 p.m.; Shabbat 10 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Jewish Book Group, Scholarin-Residence, Shabbat Lunch & Learn Torah Study, Jewish Meditation, Social Action, Adult Ed Classes in Kabbalah, Torah and Reconstructionist Judaism

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emple Beth El is a Reform con- through the Arts” program. gregation welcoming Jews of Adult learning opportunities diverse backgrounds, lifestyles include Hebrew classes, liturgical and levels of observance. The congrega- music/trope classes, seasonal shotion began in 1974 when a small group far classes, and the Rabbi’s “Febof families came together to serve the ruary Mini-Series,” along with Jewish community and help nurture a “Tuesdays with Rabbi Harold,” Jewish presence in Manatee County. which occurs the second TuesTemple Beth El has its own building on day of the month. This interesting the beautiful Unity Church campus and and informative program centers enjoys access to walking trails, a gym- on various subjects that include nasium and a 500-seat auditorium for Jewish holidays (preparing for special events. and celebrating), Jewish current The synagogue offers inspiring and events and newsworthy current events. participatory Friday night services, The Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Saturday morning services with dy- and Social Activities Committee namic Torah discussion, are integral parts and monthly Havdalah unof temple life. der the direction of Rabbi The Sisterhood Harold Caminker, D.D. and oversees sponsorCantor Alan Cohn. All maship of the weekly jor holidays are celebrated. Oneg and KidThe community also holds dush, participates an annual Passover seder in various fundand sponsors an annual raising events and Cantor Alan Cohn downtown Bradenton Chaholds monthly and Rabbi Harold Caminker nukah Menorah lighting. s o ci a l/business Education and learning are tem- meetings. The Men’s Club also meets ple priorities. The Religious and He- monthly and sponsors a monthly Sunbrew School program is designed for day morning discussion group, the children from kindergarten through annual Purimspiel Barbecue and a seventh grade and includes Bar/Bat yearly Beach Barbecue. The Social AcMitzvah preparation. Trained teach- tivities Committee plans and holds ers and talented congregants infuse the many events that bring the community visual and performing arts into the together for fun. curriculum through the “Judaism The temple is a member of Mazon (a Jewish response to hunger). Other outreach programs include cooperation with the Jewish prison chaplain and such interfaith efforts as collecting clothing for local migrant workers, collecting food for a local food bank, and conducting an

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interfaith Passover seder. Temple Beth El is proud to continue its rich congregational history while creating a new spirit to propel the synagogue into the future for generations to come. TEMPLE BETH EL BRADENTON 4200 32nd Street West Bradenton, FL 34205 • Telephone: 941.755.4900 • Fax: 941.755.2023 • E-Mail: tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com • Website: www.templebethelbradenton.com • Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, D.D. • Cantor Alan Cohn • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Social Activities Committee • Services: 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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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 ofthat Chabad is not a particular brand of fers the Weinstein Religious School Judaism. It’s an outlook. and Torah For Teens, which meet on Under the leaderWednesday 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 Shabbat follows each service. Daily Simchat Torah festivities, Chanukah Food Festival, Lag B’omer beach party, Minyanim are held at 8:00 a.m. Chabad offers a variety of edu- the annual Comedy Central @ Chacational opportunities for adults and bad, and creative Purim and Shavuot children. For adults, the Jewish Learn- 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

Religious Life 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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of Meaningful Worship You’ll love the pleasing blend of Hebrew and 1. Celebration and Support English and the mix of Congregation Ner Tamid is there traditional and modfor you, for weddings, baby namings, ern customs, in an athospital visits, memorial services or mosphere of kavanah funerals, each with a personal touch. – thoughtful, focused 2. Jewish Community attention. Everyone par From holidays to special events like ticipates at a personal Shabbat Across America, Chanukah comfort level. The portaGame Night, dinners and potlucks, ble Ark, the Torah scroll, and the Shavuot Ice Cream Social, the Shabbat candles, the you’ll experience Ner Tamid’s mishshofar – each gives spepacha feeling, being part of a warm, Community Chanukah candle lighting cial meaning to Jewish prayer and meditation. Says one member, “It’s not boring. I know CONGREGATION NER TAMID what’s going on. I love it.” The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W. 6. Social Action - Tikkun Olam Bradenton, FL 34207 Ner Tamid partners with local and Mailing Address: national groups. You’ll find your P. O. Box 10261 niche and know you’ve made a difBradenton, FL 34282 ference in the world. • Telephone: 941.755.1231 7. Holidays and Life Cycle Events Ner Tamid members extend their hands • E-Mail: From High Holy Days through in welcome to Jews of all backgrounds shalom@nertamidflorida.org Shavuot and every holiday in beWebsite: • intergenerational, diverse Jewish tween, Ner Tamid is there for www.nertamidflorida.org family. Interfaith? Non-traditional? you…and you can do it all with an • Rabbinic Advisor: Everyone is warmly welcomed. AFFORDABLE, established congreRabbi Barbara Aiello 3. Jewish Education gation that understands that budgets • Service Leader: Rena Morano Certified teachers make the Jeware tight and times are tough. • Movement/Affiliation: ish Living and Learning Sunday Unaffiliated School hands-on and • Services: Shabbat, Holidays, friendly. Best of all for Yom HaShoah busy families, it meets • Special Programs/Features: twice-monthly. After Bar Sunday School, Social Action, Mitzvah, kids come back Teen & Adult B’nai Mitzvah, – which says it all. Weddings, Baby Namings, 4. Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hospital Visits, Memorial for Children and Adults Services, Funerals, Shabbat Girls and boys, women Across America, Book and men, are individually Discussion Group, Potluck prepared to read from the Dinner & Movie Nights, Torah and lead services. Havdalah, Community Passover There are equal Torah Seder, Teen Shabbat, Purim honors for everyone – Extravaganza, Chanukah Game male, female, interfaith – At College Shabbat, Service Leader Rena Morano (r) Night, Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli and no one is excluded. stands with honorees Jake Durshimer Dinner & Dance 5. The Spiritual Uplift and Jaclyn Durshimer

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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 not, can come and feel comfortable. It welcomes each and every Jew regardless of educational background or religious affiliation. Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet, spiritual leaders of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, established Chabad in August 2004. They carried the Lubavitcher Rebbe’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 weekly Friday night services as well as Shabbat morning services followed by a Kiddush luncheon.

Chabad’s thriving Hebrew School services the growing young families in Manatee County. Chabad’s Friday Night Live and Bar & Bat Mitzvah Discovery Courses ensure that teens are still enthused about Judaism. Chabad’s Jewish Women’s Circle includes various social and educational events. Chabad holds several Friday night dinners each year in an effort to provide a warm Shabbat atmosphere

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This year Rabbi Fellner will discuss three films, each of which has to do with the idea of the “stranger,” the “alien,” and the “other:” • January 6, 7:00 pm - The Ten Commandments at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall* • January 7, 11:00 am - The Secrets at Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key • January 7, 7:00 pm - A Seinfeld Episode called Yada Yada Yada will be in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus

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to participants. Holiday programs are always a big deal at Chabad. Themed and international, large and small, Chabad always organizes a variety of exciting and creative 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 community but to ensure that the physical needs of the Jewish community are fulfilled as well. To that end, Chabad’s Sunshine Committee, hospital and prison 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. 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: Jewish Women’s Circle • Services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Shabbat 9:30 a.m. • Library • Special Programs/Features: Hebrew School, Adult Education, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Camp Gan Israel, Jewish Learning Institute, Teen & Youth Programming, Rosh Chodesh Society, Speakers Bureau, Hospital and Nursing Home Visitations, Community Shabbat Dinners, Kitchen Koshering, Prison Visitations

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he Jewish Congregation 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 last 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. The Yiddish Culture Center, directed by Baila Miller, offers a series of programs featuring presentations on Yiddish literature, music, theater and film on Sunday afternoons during the season. 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 Congregation of Venice.

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JEWISH CONGREGATION OF VENICE 600 N. Auburn Road Venice, FL 34292 • Telephone: 941.484.2022 • E-Mail: jcvenice2@gmail.com • Website: www.jewishcenterofvenice.org • Rabbi Daniel Krimsky • Cantor Marci Vitkus • Movement/Affiliation: Unaffiliated, inclusive • Membership: 300 members • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club 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 Culture Center, Mitzvah Committee, Senior Outreach Service, Adult Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah Classes, Mah Jongg Tournaments, Pot-luck Shabbats

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habad of Venice & 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 his 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 different spiritual and educational opportunities for all segments of the Jewish community. They include Adult Education classes for Men & Women, Teen Club, Chabad’s Hebrew School, Camp Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, The Jewish Women’s Circle, Men’s Scotch and Schmooze, Hospital/Home Visitation, Counseling, and a Jewish calendar which is 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 Shavuos 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 • Services: Traditional Shabbat morning services and Kiddush • Special Programs/Features: Hebrew School, Adult Jewish Learning Institute, Adult Education Classes, Shabbat Dinners, Holiday Programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, Teen Club, Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Men’s Scotch and Schmooze, Jewish Women’s Circle, Counseling and Hospital/ Home Visits

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House, which will take place on Sunday, August 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These congregations will be welcoming prospective members. This is a wonderful opportunity to tour the facilities and meet the clergy, staff and lay leadership of these synagogues. Join a Congregation, Find a Family. For more information, contact Laurie Lachowitzer at laurietemple@ verizon.net or 941.927.3636.

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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.

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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.

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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RT is the largest global nongovernmental Jewish education organization. With a presence in 60 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 employ-

able 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 stu-

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dents – 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 fundraising and community outreach activities. The biggest fundraiser is the holiday gift-wrapping project at the major malls. For more information about the GulfsidePalm ORT and SaraMana ORT chapters, please contact these Area Development Advisors: Ann Baum, 941.355.7200 Barbara Berliner, 941.907.0317 Kim Sheintal, 941.921.1433

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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 community service projects that embrace the

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Organizations show for preschoolers about diversity is in the final stages of development. Advocacy and public affairs volunteers monitor state and federal legislation with an emphasis on health care and pro-choice rights, age-appropriate sex education in the schools, separation of church/state, and civil rights. The Annual Women in Power Luncheon in January honors local women who have improved the quality of life in the community, and helps to fund the community service projects. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September through April and feature noted speakers, Jewish-themed events and informative, enjoyable programs. For more information or to join, call: NCJW’s 24-hour answering service, 941.342.1855

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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. The SaBra Associates, an active group of 173 men, are committed to making a difference in Israel and our community through innovative activities, projects and missions. For more information and a copy of Kol Bat Ami, the chapter’s bulletin, contact: Lee Ruggles, lruggles.sabra@gmail.com or SaBra Hadassah, P.O. Box 4292, Sarasota, FL 34230

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include Israeli dancing, studio tours, people and places in Sarasota, and cooking at an Italian restaurant. The Showcase, taking place each fall, is free and open to the community, and enables members to learn about and sign up for study groups to be held in the upcoming season. BNC-Sarasota’s cultural events include the ballet, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Art in the Afternoon, University on Wheels, a book and author lunch, and an architectural tour with Harold Bubil. All these activities are the reason that the BNC-Sarasota chapter has been selected as one of the top 10 in the country for several years, and has been chosen as the pilot of the Visioning project. For further information, contact: Rookie Shifrin, President of BNC Sarasota, 941.907.0985 Website: blogs.brandeis.edu/bncsarasotafl/

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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he BNC of Sarasota has 500 members and is actively involved in enhancing the interests of its members and adapting to changing times. BNC offers many events and activities that raise money for Brandeis University and enables its members to continue lifelong learning and to enjoy Sarasota’s cultural activities. The funds that are raised by BNCSarasota benefit Brandeis University by providing funds for growth and student scholarships. BNC’s national campaign, “Sustaining the Mind: Scientific Research and Scholarships,” supports scientific research and scholarships for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s and autism. BNC-Sarasota offers 24 peer-led study groups, including current issues, modern novels, film discussions and short stories, among others. Study groups led by professional presenters

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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 14th 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

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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 and action include social issues, Israel advocacy, interfaith dialogue, trends in contemporary Judaism, etc. The group also shares information on important scholarly work being undertaken in the Jewish world, and other matters such as policies at local cemeteries and High Holy Day sermons. Representatives of local Jewish agencies are asked to update 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, as Treasurer. Ongoing projects of the SMRA include educational activities, outreach to the community, interfaith programs (sometimes co-sponsored with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee), 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

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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, 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com

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he Young Adult Division, with the support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, offers a variety of programs designed to bring together the next generation of Jewish individuals, including holiday celebrations, social events, Giving Societies and more. For more information, contact: Jessi Sheslow at the Federation, 941.371.4546 x102 or jsheslow@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: Email: thejewishclubatlwr@gmail.com Website: www.jewishclubatlwr.org

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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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e held up a framed poster-size rendering of what seemed to be a stately elm whose abundant branches were in full and leafy summer glory. As he began to speak of his family, he passed the beautiful work of art among those in the audience. Faint but audible gasps could be heard as recognition of the tree’s true existence became clear. This was the speaker’s Family Tree. It had been planted at least four centuries ago. Each branch is a family; each leaf, an individual. The roots had settled in the Iberian Peninsula. The winds of time and circumstance had carried its seed to far corners of the globe. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 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. JGS of SWFL 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

A planned gift to your Jewish community enables you to help those in need - Forever. Jewish tradition teaches that one of our duties is to make the world a better place for future generations. Creating a legacy is rewarding not only to the giver, but to our community which benefits from the gift. And perhaps most important is the enduring nature of planned giving -- use the fund to honor or remember a loved one, perpetuating your family name long beyond your lifetime.

Designate how your gift is to be used. Provide unrestricted funds to help meet community needs now and in the future or provide permanent resources to aid programs or initiatives that are of particular interest to you and your family. It’s up to you.

What will the Jewish future look like? That is the question on many minds as people throughout our community work to ensure that Jewish traditions and values are passed on to the next generations. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee works to instill in our community a strong sense of Jewish identity and a deep connection to our shared Jewish heritage, to Israel and to Jews around the world.

Your legacy can reflect everything that is most important and meaningful to you. The legacy planning process can begin heartfelt conversations with your family and build bonds with your partners in the community.

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For decades, hundreds of donors and their financial advisors have entrusted The Jewish Federation to be their partner in their thoughtful planning of Jewish philanthropy and management of charitable assets. Learn more about our commitment to you by contacting Marty Haberer at mhaberer@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x.108.

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative are proud to present the yearlong Israel@65 Celebration. In April 2013, the State of Israel will celebrate her 65th birthday and in honor of this milestone, the Federation will host a yearlong celebration of Israel in our community.

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We will create a multicultural, multi-generational tribute to Israel’s strength and contributions to our world. Together with our generous sponsors and community partners, the community will have the unique opportunity to experience Israel-themed cultural events here at home.

01.27.13 • 12:00-5:00 pm • Robarts Arena • Free

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We will celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday by showcasing her culture, technology, artistry, flavors and sounds in this multi-generational Street Fair & Shuk. The Jewish Federation, in support with local organizations and religious institutions, will bring a glimpse of the Israel experience here to our community! Highlights to include: • Israeli market/Shuk with vendors who will sell Judaic items • Food vendors with Israeli-Middle Eastern and Jewish foods • Children’s activities: Climb Masada (Rock wall), face painting/balloon artist, Israeli dancing, writing letters to Israeli soldiers and more! • Entertainment featuring: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Nazarene Choir, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, Let’s Rock Sarasota, and more. • Local Temples and organizations such as JNF, United Friends of Hatzalaha, Technion and others.

Come show your support for Israel! The STrengTh oF a PeoPLe. The Power oF CoMMunITy. The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232

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Film and lecture featuring Steve Emerson, an award-winning investigative journalist and author who serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence gathering center on militant Islamic activities. He will discuss the film Jihad in America 2: The Grand Deception. Tickets onsale now: www.TheJewishFederation.org Sponsored by anonymous donor

WESTERN WALL SPONSORS Gerard Daniel • Paulette & Martin Samowitz • Lois Stulberg • Hannah & Dr. Norman Weinberg GOLAN SPONSORS

03.27.13 • 8:00 pm Van Wezel • $10+ Full of energy and bursting with fun, Voca People will perform over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs your whole family will love, from Madonna to Mozart! No instruments or sound effects - just talent! Tickets onsale now: VanWezel.org

05.11.13 • 7:30 pm Sarasota Opera House • $31+ Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari (from Israel) with the Sarasota Orchestra. Miri created her own unique sound by a fusion of classical style with jazz, R&B and hip hop. She is widely recognized as a musical pioneer. Tickets onsale now: SarasotaOrchestra.org

For complete information about the celebration or about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, please visit TheJewishFederation.org

JERUSALEM SPONSORS The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative Betty & Ed Rosenthal Betty Schoenbaum

Edie & David Chaifetz • Jean Weidner Goldstein & Alfred Goldstein • Deanne & Arnold Kaplan • Graci & Dennis McGillicuddy • Janie & Ed Moravitz • Sheila & Jules Rose • Lauren Rudd • Bunny & Morton Skirboll • Anne & Barry Stein • Geri & Ronald Yonover GALILEE SPONSORS

Alice Berkowitz • Debbie & Dr. Larry Haspel • Katherine & Judd Malkin & Family • Nancy & Jerry Roucher • Nancy & Raymond Swart • University of South Florida BEN GURION SPONSORS Regene & Leslie Aberson • Linda Abromson • Rebecca & Richard Bergman • Barbara & Donald Bernstein • Rosolyn & Samuel Brott • Carol Camiener • Gershom Cohn • Ellen & Joel Fedder • The Tillie, Jennie & Harold Schwartz Foundation • Ilene & Michael Fox • Roz Goldberg & Alan Bandler • Lori & Martin Haberer • Sandra & Dr. Lewis Hanan • Me-Me & Robert Kramer • Linda & Norman Lipson • Sandra & Neil Malamud • Leslie Malkin & Edward Kalin • Roslyn & Leonard Mazur • Nadia & Mike Ritter • Irene & Martin Ross • Marilyn Spencer • Susi & Jack Steenbarger • Elli & Linda Streit • Bryna & Howard Tevlowitz • Janet & Bruce Udell • Joan & Peter Wells • Patti & David Wertheimer • Marysue & Leon Wechsler • Fremajane & Blair Wolfson • Cynthia & Stanley Wright • Sheila & Merrill Wynne SPONSORS Joan & Bartram Levenson • Branch Foundation • Kates Foundation • Maurine & Stanley Siegel • Sandra Loevner • Diane & Steven Ronis

Providing information about the ongoing threats to the people of Israel and the resources for you to advocate on their behalf.

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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; promotes human rights and dignity; stands with Israel; defends the safety of Jews worldwide; and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Paris, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. For over 25 years, the Southern Region has represented the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Florida, other southern states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. With an extraordinary network of lay leaders, the Southern Region promotes and supports the Center’s mission through outreach, education, social action and media awareness. Extensive activities and programs are offered throughout the Southern Region, including: Annual Dinners that honor local individuals for their achievements and commitment to the Center’s core values. The dinners also serve

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Film premieres and screenings from the Center’s two-time Academy Award™-winning Moriah Films division, including titles such as Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny, Against the Tide, Genocide, and The Long Way Home Special lectures and forums Educational programs Media awareness through press releases and article distribution on human rights issues The Southern Region promotes the educational arms of the Simon Wiesenthal Center through its Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, Museum of Tolerance New York and soon-to-be built Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. Funds raised by the Southern Region help support the critical work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and all of its divisions around the world. For more information, to get involved, or support the Center’s important work, please contact: Rabbi Meyer H. May, Executive Director, rabbimay@wiesenthal.com Website: www.wiesenthal.com/southernus

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IPAC’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally Israel. As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship. From promoting peace between Israel and its neighbors to facilitating U.S.-Israel exchanges of expertise and collaborating on technology, science and agricultural products, AIPAC is there to encourage the close working relationship between the countries. AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure. AIPAC empowers pro-Israel activists of all ages, religions and races to be politically engaged and build relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship. While building support in Washington is essential, AIPAC is found wherever the future of the relationship could be affected. That’s why AIPAC professionals engage leaders in synagogues and churches and within the African American and Hispanic communities. AIPAC also works on hundreds of college and high school campuses, empowering student activists to answer Israel’s detractors and educating them about how to use political involvement to build support for Israel. For more information, contact: Jacki Waksman, AIPAC’s North & Central Florida Area Director, 954.653.9053 or jwaksman@aipac.org Website: www.aipac.org

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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. AJC is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and for the advancement of democratic values for all. For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people around the world. Through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions, AJC has made a significant impact on issues critical to the Jewish people. With key relationships at the regional, national and international levels – from diplomats, to global decisionmakers and community leaders – AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate. 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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Anti-Defamation League he Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been on the frontline of fighting anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of hatred in America and abroad for the last 100 years. As one of the nation’s leading civil rights agencies and advocates for Israel, ADL is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2013. 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 antibias education programs to educators and students; trains law enforcement about hate crimes; safeguards civil rights; confronts anti-Semitism on college campuses; provides security seminars to religious institutions; fields discrimination complaints; and advocates for Israel. For more information, contact: 561.988.2900 or florida@adl.org Website: www.adl.org

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Environment, antiquities pose unique challenges for Israel’s transportation advances By James S. Galfund ugust 26, 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of an incremental step forward in the annals of Jerusalem transportation – the day the first taxi began plying the city’s streets. In a city of transformative events spanning millennia, it’s unlikely the anniversary garnered much attention, not only because today’s Jerusalem is awash in taxis, but also because Jerusalemites now have the option of being whisked through the capital via modern light rail. Greater Accessibility A visitor from Israel Bonds – the organization that has enabled major transportation advances in Israel – discovered that to ride the light rail is to experience a microcosm of Jerusalem’s diversity. Fellow passengers included secular Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox, devout

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Muslims and camera-toting tourists. Each train has a capacity of around 500 passengers, the equivalent of 10 buses. With a first-stage route encompassing nearly two dozen stops – the Old City (providing the quintessential Israel experience of riding state-ofthe-art transportation past a site of ancient pilgrimage), multiple neighborhoods, the Mahane Yehuda Market and the downtown district – the light rail has changed the way residents work, shop and plan their days. Surveys show substantial increases in pedestrian traffic stemming from the greater accessibility provided by the light rail. Mahane Yehuda, for example, has seen a 38 percent increase, and visits to the popular ‘triangle’ area of King George Avenue, Jaffa Road and Ben-Ye-

WE STREET ♥ ISRAEL FAIR & Shuk Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 12-5pm • Robarts Arena At the Sarasota Fairgrounds

Join us for the 65th Birthday Celebration of Israel’s strengths and contributions to the world as we showcase her culture, technology, artistry, flavors and sounds.

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huda Street jumped 34 percent. Overall increases average 41 percent. An added bonus for Jerusalemites and visitors alike has been the conversion of Jaffa Road into a pedestrian mall. A Dramatic Reboot Getting to and from the capital is also undergoing a dramatic reboot. Riding the rails from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a distance of less than 50 miles – currently takes 2½ hours. By 2017, the trip will shrink to a mere 30 minutes. The key to the drastic time reduction is the ambitious construction of a complex network of bridges and tunnels. And, because this is Israel, there are additional considerations beyond the obvious topographical challenges inherent in boring through hundreds of feet of solid rock. One is archeological. In Israel, any project entailing digging is sensitive to the fact that priceless artifacts might be uncovered during the excavation process. If antiquities are discovered, work stops and archeologists are called in to examine the relics. Eco-Friendly Responsibilities The second consideration is environmental. Israel is a world leader in environmental sustainability, and Aliza

Massive tunnels being carved from a hilltop outside Jerusalem are closely supervised by an environmental expert who ensures the surrounding landscape “will be like we’ve never been here.” (Photo: James S. Galfund)

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Kutner – who describes her job with Is- side where the tunnel is bored. Topsoil Upon completion, the NIS 7 billion rael Railways as “being in charge of all differs as well. (approximately $1.8 billion) project will Trees pose the greatest challenge. send trains racing across the country things green” – relishes her eco-friendly They must be carefully uprooted and through tunnels that at some points will responsibilities. “I watch the process all the way moved to a fenced-off location outside run 118 feet deep and 7.5 miles long. through,” she declares proudly. This the construction zone, where they are The projected schedule foresees four includes, first and foremost, ensuring replanted and marked for eventual re- double-decker trains every 15 minutes everything in the construction path – turn. Special precautions are taken to during rush hour and two trains during flora, fauna, trees and even boulders ensure the relocation zone remains un- off-peak hours. – remains pristine. Kutner says this damaged. “We guaranteed the country,” And, while riders will notice a huge means much of the pre-existing land- says Kutner, “that we will bring every- difference in their trip, no one will noscape must be temporarily relocated thing back.” tice a difference in the surroundings. while the tunnels are Vows Israel Railways self-proclaimed being constructed. green lady: “It will be like we’ve never Attuned to Subtleties been here – I promise you.” It’s not an easy underThe “Greater Florida” Israel Bonds taking. Kutner must be office covers all of Florida except for attuned to differences, Palm Beach, Miami/Dade and Broward however subtle, that Counties. escape the eye of a caFor more information, contact: sual visitor. Rocks, for Reva Azneer Pearlstein, instance. Kutner exAssistant Director, 727.539.6445, plains that rocks differ 800.622.8017 or depending on whether With nearly two dozen stops, the Jerusalem light rail has reva.pearlstein@israelbonds.com they are scattered on changed the way residents work, shop and plan their days. Website: www.israelbonds.com (Photo: James S. Galfund) top of a hill or deep inTake Control of Your Life … hire

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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 one of only 25 engineering universities in the world with a medical school. The Technion is also home to three Nobel Laureates. In 2011, Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals – an entirely new form of matter. He joined 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 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. 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 participates in an annual Shabbat service, which, this year, will be held on Friday, January 11

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at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. The chapter also hosts an Annual Brunch, which this year will be held on Sunday, January 27, at Michael’s On East. The speakers will be Carol Epstein (a second-generation Technion supporter whose late parents, Miriam and Louis Benjamin, co-founded the Sarasota Chapter) and Professor Wayne Kaplan, dean of the Technion Faculty of Materials Engineering, who will discuss the wonders of nanotechnology. Each June, the ATS offers a worldclass mission to visit the campus. This year’s trip will visit Spain 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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merican Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) supports the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel and represents MDA in the U.S. MDA is Israel’s only governmentmandated ambulance and emergency

medical response organization. A team of professionals and trained volunteers use state-of-the-art technology to provide all of Israel’s population with pre-hospital emergency medical needs including disaster, ambulance and blood services. MDA’s National Blood Services Center provides 100% of the blood requirements of the Israel Defense Forces and 95% of the blood needs

of Israel’s hospitals and the general population. MDA’s fleet of 800 MDA ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units are on call 24/7, operating from 119 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations throughout Israel, logging almost ten million miles annually, and caring for all of Israel’s 7.8 million people. AFMDA gives Americans firsthand looks into MDA operations by organizing site visits in Israel where they can meet with MDA staff, volunteers and young American overseas volunteers. AFMDA also offers supporters opportunities to raise funds in Florida through community and online campaigns such as

bar/bat mitzvah projects and neighborhood ambulances initiatives. For more information, contact: Gila Meriwether, AFMDA Florida Gulf Coast Representative 941.320.9297 – local 800.626.0046 – toll free southeast@afmda.org Website: www.afmda.org

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

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

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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: Sherri Siskin, Executive Dir., Palm Beach/Broward Region 561.483.2771 or sherri.siskin@fidf.org Website: www.israelsoldiers.org

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Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari (from Israel) will perform with the Sarasota Orchestra. Miri created her own unique sound by a fusion of classical style with jazz, R&B and hip hop. She is widely recognized as a musical pioneer.

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arasota Sister Cities is the official international arm of the City of Sarasota, carrying out adult and student international exchanges with Sarasota’s eight Sister Cities across the globe in the areas of the arts, education, business, sports, civic activities and government. Current Sarasota Sister Cities are Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Mérida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Xiamen, China; Treviso, 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-to-people program of citizen diplomacy in 1956. In 1998, Sarasota Mayor Gene Pillot and Nora Patterson visited Tel Mond

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for the proclamation signing that es- population. There are monthly luncheons spontablished a permanent relationship besored by each of the Sarasota Cities at tween Sarasota the Sarasota Yacht Club. and Tel Mond. In For more information about Sister 1999, Tel Mond Cities and Israel, contact: officially became Betty Greenspan, Sarasota’s SisTel Mond City Director, ter City when CD_Israel@SisterCities.org Tel Mond Mayor Website: www.sarasotasistercities. Shlomo Ratzabi org/Tel_mond.html arrived in Sarasota and signed the Sarasota/Tel Mond Sister City agreement document with Sarasota Mayor Mollie Cardamone. Tel Mond is north of Tel Aviv. Like Sarasota, it’s a growing community which supports cultural interests and has Sarasota Sister Cities Association Directors a large senior

LESLIE MAITLAND Sunday, March 3, 2013 • 7:00 pm

Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road Tickets: $10. *Students attend free with valid ID. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1.

Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book, Crossing the Boarders of Time, is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time. ExclusivE MEdia PartnEr:

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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

To view this publication online, visit the Connections page at www.jfedsrq.org. The kind of person you can bring home to your

(If she needs tax and estate planning.) Greg Band has a masters in tax law from New York University and has been practicing law in Sarasota for over 20 years in the areas of estate planning and probate, charitable giving, asset protection, and business and tax law. Please visit bandweintraub.com to learn more.

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ith the popularity of its Blue Box campaign and tree planting drives, many forget that 111 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

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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: www.consulateisrael.com

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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

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ewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. (JFCS) is the local Jewish human service agency in our community which provides comprehensive counseling and social services to people facing life’s challenges. A partner agency of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, JFCS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, and is a member agency of the three local United Ways. Founded in 1985, JFCS has grown and expanded to become one of the leading non-profit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS offers more than 26 programs at 15 locations throughout 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

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The Dress Up for Yontif Program, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and implemented through partnerships with the JFCS Senior Outreach Services (SOS) Program, Jewish Housing Council, local temples, and the Russian community, provides at-risk seniors with holiday meals, religious services and gift certificates for holiday necessities. For more information, contact Orna Nissan at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@ jfedsrq.org.

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Human Services Center in Sarasota. Individuals turn to JFCS…When You Can’t Do It Alone. JFCS offers the following programs and services: Counseling Services is at the core of the programs and services offered to children, adults, families and seniors at JFCS. A full range of counseling and support groups are available through Licensed Clinical Social Workers and behavioral health specialists who address issues such as depression, parenting, 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! Case Management & 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. Local congregations and individual donors support the Kosher Food Pantry through the Buy One, Get

One, Give One Program. Senior Services offers a wide array of professional, compassionate and caring support to older adults, ensuring that they can maintain their sense of dignity and desire for independence. Geriatric Care Managers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers help seniors adjust to the many challenges of aging such as isolation, loss of mobility, diminished physical and mental health, and the responsibilities of caregiving. Caregiver Support Groups provide opportunities for caregivers to share with others and receive support and resource information. Senior Outreach Services (SOS) provides a weekly program to isolated seniors offering socialization and group counseling facilitated by a 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. Sarasota CARES helps care-partners identify and connect to community supports and resources through professional assistance of Wraparound Facilitators and respite care. The Caregiver Help Line (941.364.7560) connects

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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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Community Services caregivers to local resources. A Caregiver Network 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,

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hope and healing through Jewish traditions, rituals and wisdom, in assisting people who are experiencing life’s challenges. Jewish Programs include: Hospital Visitation, Friendly Visitors, Bereavement Support Group, Doula Services for the Seriously or Terminally 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; the Grace Rosen Magill Jewish Healing Lending Library; and Supportive Services for Holocaust Survivors, including case management and assistance with completing reparation claim forms and accessing services. 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 Lead-

Sarasota-Manatee Chevra Kadisha

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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ers organize and conduct religious services in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; Retired Social Workers handle intake calls and Information & Referral Services; Respite Caregiver offering support to a family caring for a loved one; Senior Outreach Service (SOS) Volunteer providing socialization to a community connection to SOS Program participants; 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.

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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 Website: www.kobernickanchin.org

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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 It has been our honor to serve Sarasota’s Jewish Community for over 10 years

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Orthodox – Conservative – Reform & Non-Affliated Jewish Gardens –Tahara Room – Unveilings As your local Dignity Provider we offer many benefits to our Jewish families.

www.PalmsMemorial.com A new series devoted to discussing the biblical roots and tradition of holidays! A gifted instructor, Rachel Z. Dulin has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew and has done groundbreaking research in the confluence of Women’s Studies and biblical scholarship.

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Kosher Food and Other Resources Kosher Consumers Council of Sarasota and Manatee Counties

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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

Kosher foods from Israel, Europe & Russia

Smoked Fish  Lox  Caviar  Herring  Blintzes Chopped Liver  Olives  Pickles  Coffee  Halvah Baklava  Honey Cake  Poppy Seed Cake  Rugalah

Please note that not all of these establishments are considered “Kosher” by conventional standards.

Catering By Maggie 130 Mimosa Drive, Sarasota 941.780.0417 www.cateringbymaggie.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 Sweet Basil 3182 Espanola Dr., Sarasota 941.921.5885 www.sweetbasil-catering.com

The Teahouse at Asian Arts 5437 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 941.343.9727 www.9bam.com Temple Beth Sholom Catering 941.955.8121 catering@ templebethsholomfl.org TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.362.3692 Zildjian Catering 941.363.1709 www.zildjiancatering.com

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

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As listings are constantly changing and being updated, please check 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

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. There is no cost for membership. For more information or to sign up, please contact : SARASOTA’S ONLY TRUE EUROPEAN Marden Paru, SPECIALTY MARKET 941.379.5655

Kosher/Jewish Food Providers A Taste of Europe Gourmet Market 2212 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota 941.921.9084

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva

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he Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a non-denominational, independent adult education university established in 2010. It brings together affiliated and unaffiliated adult members of the Jewish community for what our sages referred to as studying “Torah lishma” (learning for the sake of learning). More than 125 students have taken various courses in Jewish texts, mostly biblical in nature. New courses for the coming year include “Sex and Love in the Bible and

Talmud,” “Learning to Read Torah – Trope Training,” “What Happens After We Die,” “Radical Jewish Opinions: Beliefs, Concepts, Questions about God,” and “Exodus and the Wandering Jews.” Partially funded by grants from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, courses carry nominal fees primarily to pay for distributed classroom materials, Classes are held on Friday mornings as well as Monday afternoons (just expanded for 2013) on the Jewish Federation Campus.

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For enrollment and further information, please contact Marden Paru, Dean and Rosh Yeshiva, at 941.379.5655 or marden.paru@gmail.com.

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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, 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 to 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, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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his weekly journey into the “Soul of the Torah Portion” takes place on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center of Venice. It’s a comprehensive class that probes into the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love and relationships. Every experience offers meaningful and timely lessons – from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and who you are as an individual. This class is free of charge and open to men and women. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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et educated, get empowered and make a difference! Join this five-part Israel minicourse and get all the information you need. See how the media plays a role in shaping negative opinions, discover the history of the establishment of Israel, and explore how Israel has made the world a better place today. Interactive and thought-provoking, each class begins with an intriguing documentary film. Open to men and women. Classes begin Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center of Venice. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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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 led by rabbis, lay people, and other guest experts. Designed to promote Jewish living through Jewish learning, the Miniversity curriculum reflects the diverse interests of modern and secular Jews. For more information, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or info@ tbi-lbk.org.

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Adult Education Torah Talk and Brown Bag

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abbi Geoffrey Huntting is in his 18th year of small group study at Temple Sinai. These Wednesday sessions are the highlight of the week for many in the community. Anyone is welcome to attend at any time, and sessions are free. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802. Torah Talk: Weekly at 9:30 a.m. Exploring, analyzing and energetically discussing their way through the Torah, Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting’s weekly class provides a comfortable place for participants to learn about and question our tradition. Through dynamic give and take, the Rabbi invites diverse perspectives and opinions. Brown Bag: Weekly at noon Open to all who are interested (and often passionate) about local, national and

Ongoing Classes world events, Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting’s weekly lunchtime Brown Bag group is a forum for exploring the Jewish and ethical issues behind the news. Participants come prepared to vigorously debate current events, and the discussions are timely and stimulating.

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oin the 30-minute roundtable discussion after Shabbat services on Saturday mornings through May at Temple Beth Sholom. The Shabbat Shmooze presents contemporary Jewish issues. Bring coffee and a snack after the Birkat HaMazon and meet in the All Purpose Room (former Youth Lounge.) The discussion facilitators include members of the professional staff as well as synagogue officers, lay leaders

and shul members with unusual Jewish backgrounds. Upcoming topics include: What impact will the newly elected U.S. administration have on Israel? Israel in a hostile neighborhood: latest concerns and issues Why is the selection of so many Jewish Nobel Laureates way out of proportion to the non-Jewish population? 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 TBS who were born there Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941. 955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

JFCS is here to help! Counseling and Social Services for:

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes “Lunch with the JCV Cultural Computers 4 Rabbi” at TEE Educational Series Seniors Learning he Jewish Congregation of Ven- Center he community is warmly invited ice (JCV) welcomes the Venice to join Rabbi Brenner Glickman

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for informal learning at Temple Emanu-El’s popular “Lunch with the Rabbi,” held at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. Attendees bring a brown-bag lunch and – if they wish – a newspaper article to share. While conversation often focuses on current events, some installments are devoted to particular topics at the request of participants. 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, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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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 more. Presenters are local residents with special expertise. For more information on specific events, call Beata Hulliger at the JCV office at 941.484.2022.

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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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Celebrating 40 years! The only Jewish newspaper serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. We’ve worked hard to make The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee an interesting and informative window on the Jewish world for our entire community. To receive a complimentary copy via U.S. mail, please contact 941.371.4546 or email jewishnews@jfedsrq. org To read the online version, visit

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TheJewishFederation.org Published monthly, The Jewish News is one of the most costeffective ways to advertise to the largest number of affluent Jewish households in our area. To advertise, contact Robin Leonardi, Account Executive, at 941.371.4546 ext. 114 or rleonardi@jfedsrq.org

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ne of the three traditional functions of a synagogue is serving as a Beit Midrash (a house of study). Temple Beth Sholom is pleased to present – both to the congregation and the Jewish community at large – a potpourri of educational opportunities that exceeds the traditional Beit Midrash. Brand new courses and programs are intended to broaden the student’s depth of knowledge of Judaism and Yiddishkeit as well as general skills. These enhancements are also meant to be fun while titillating the imagination and tapping into the creativity in everyone. Torah l’shma (studying Torah for the sake of study) has been the mantra of the Jewish people since biblical times. TBS is pleased that more and more of its programs are a result of joint efforts of different groups within the TBS community. This Beit Midrash includes coordination and contributions to learning from every arm of the temple. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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he Beth Israel Men’s Club hosts a very popular program aptly named “Lunch with the Rabbi.” This monthly lunch with the rabbi 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 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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roviding innovative and welcoming opportunities for adult Jewish learning is the goal of Temple Emanu-El’s “Salons of Jewish Learning” program. Launched two years ago and warmly embraced by the community, “Salons of Jewish Learning” continue across Sarasota-Manatee. These “salons” are adult education programs led by Rabbi Brenner Glickman that take place in Temple Emanu-El members’ homes during afternoon and evening hours. In consultation with Rabbi Glickman, hosts select a topic for study; Rabbi Glickman then provides all of the materials and facilitates a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion. Refreshments are served, and there is an opportunity for socializing as well. Salons have been held in neighborhoods including University Park, the Meadows, Tidy Island/Bradenton, Palmer Ranch and Lakewood Ranch. Topics have ranged from the environment to creationism to sexual ethics and love. Although “Salons of Jewish Learning” hosts are Temple Emanu-El members, guests are welcome to attend and participate. To request an invitation to an upcoming “salon,” please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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namic Jewish Women’s Circle. The 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, Rosh Chodesh Society, and various other special women’s events such as holiday gatherings and so-

JWC’s annual gala event celebrating the Jewish Woman. Proceeds of 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. The Jewish Women’s Circle provides an opportunity to bring together women with divergent points of view, backgrounds and affiliations in an atmosphere of friendship. For more information, please contact Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadofbradenton.com, or visit www.chabadofbradenton.com.

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Ongoing Classes Adult Education classes at Congregation Kol HaNeshama

Kabbalah and Reading the Zohar Arnie Binderman, a member of Kol HaNeshama, will offer a course entitled “Kabbalah and Reading the Zohar,” an exploration of the origins and development of Kabbalistic thought. He will explain the codified language used in Kabbalah, its meaning to the Jews of the times, and what this philosophy may offer to contemporary Jews. He will also explore the Zohar, an important text written in Kabbalistic code. These classes will be offered Saturday mornings at 8:45 a.m. on January 5 and 26, February 2 and 16, March 2, April 13 and 27, before Shabbat services. Arnie has a Masters in Jewish Studies and is working on a doctorate in the same area of study at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. New participants are welcome to join the class at any time.

Reconstructionist Judaism Beginning on Thursday, January 24 and continuing for a total of six weeks, Kayla Niles, a member of Kol HaNeshama, will offer an introduction to Reconstructionist Judaism. The class will meet Thursday afternoons, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Mordechai Kaplan, whose thinking gave rise to Reconstructionist Judaism, developed his philosophy through an exploration of what it means for American Jews to live in two civilizations. Through reading Mordechai Kaplan and applied discussion of our experiences as Jews in America, we will look at such questions as God and Revelation, Judaism and Democracy, Shabbat, the Jewish Calendar, and Life Cycle Events. Participants may continue the discussion informally after class by dining together in a local restaurant.

Torah Study Led by Tuvia Natkin, who has been teaching Torah for more than 30 years, this course will offer participants an opportunity for weekly Torah discussions. Prior to each class, participants will receive interpretive texts to read. Discussions will center upon the meanings to be derived from the assigned texts and the application of Torah to our daily lives in 21st century America. Specific texts will be selected based on their relevance to the contemporary Torah reader. The class is ongoing and meets regularly on Monday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tuition for ten sessions is $36 for Kol HaNeshama members and $50 for nonmembers. Call the office at 941.244.2014 or visit www.congkh.org for more information about any of these programs.

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes “Extraordinary “Where Was God In Auschwitz?” abbi Harold F. Caminker, of February 19 - Orthodox Rabbi Holocaust Temple Beth El in Bradenton, Eliezer Berkovits: “God’s Hidden will hold his Adult Education Face” Documentaries”

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he Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presents Irene Mirkovic, teacher, Holocaust Museum docent and film critic, who will lead the discussions of these films: Monday, February 4: Out of the Ashes- Moral choices made by Dr. Gisella Perl in Auschwitz…angel or German collaborator? Monday, February 18: Berga: Soldiers of Another War – The true story of 350 Americans captured by the German Army in 1944; a story of long forgotten American heroes. Monday, February 25: Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good - A 28-year-old British citizen who saved 669 children during the Holocaust. Monday, March 4: Inheritance - A gripping and turbulently emotional encounter of two women who try to face their nightmares decades after WWII. Is it possible to forgive? Free for CHJ members; nonmembers: $5 per film or $15 for the series. Films begin at 1:30 p.m. at UNITY 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Reservations required as space is limited. For more information, please call 941.929.7771 or visit www.chj-sarasota. org.

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February 26 - Nobel Prize Winner and Humanitarian Elie Wiesel: “Night...and Beyond” All are welcome to attend. There is no charge. 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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he Spirit of Peace Meditation Center will be hosting meditation sessions every other Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. No prior experience is necessary and the sessions are open to people of all faiths. We will gather in the peaceful environment of Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. A donation of $5 per session is requested. Facilitator/instructor Reb Ari Shapiro has more than thirty years experience in Hindu, Buddhist, Vipassana, Brama Kumaris and Jewish Meditation, and has taught meditation in prison settings. For meeting dates, contact Reb Ari at 941.966.7778 or spmedctr@gmail. com.

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emple Emanu-El’s adult education programs welcome the entire community. Members and guests enjoy fascinating films screened throughout the year; learn from nationally-recognized rabbis and professors at the Mal Peck Scholar-in-Residence weekend; flock to classes, taught by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman and local experts, that examine topics from the Talmud to Jews in Hollywood; take field trips and learning expeditions; and celebrate Shavuot with a festive evening of interactive Jewish study.

are attended by a dedicated group of learners; and Sunday morning parent programs enable families to delve deeper into the joys of Jewish learning and living. Salons and “Lunch with the Rabbi” sessions in University Park and Lakewood Ranch serve as part of Temple Emanu-El’s continuing outreach to East County families. All Temple Emanu-El Adult Education programs are open to the community. For more information, contact Adult Education co-Chair Judilee Sterne at 941.349.9287 or the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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

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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. For more information, call the temple office Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon, at 941.755.4900.

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he Chabad of Venice’s Men’s Club, “Scotch and Schmooze,” provides an opportunity to network and meet like-minded men from the community in an informal and social setting. Schmooze, relax and hang out with the guys over scotch and nonalcoholic beverages. Locations change month to month. Open to all men. Contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@chabadofvenice.com for more information.

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tional organization, founded in 1985, offers over 150 adult enrichment courses, lectures and special events to the Sarasota-Manatee community. The 2013 season is filled with exciting events and programs celebrating and studying Jewish life, culture, theology and traditions in our local community, in Israel and worldwide. Here is just a sampling: One-time lectures on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. include: “The Jewish Belief in the Afterlife” with Rabbi Brenner Glickman; “A Fascinating Chronicle of Florida’s Jews” with Marcia Jo Zerivitz; “Arthur Miller: The Moral Jewish Playwright?” with Diane Steinbrink. Multi-series classes in January, February and March include: “Contem-

Your Inner World” with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz; “Matriarch: The Women of the Torah” with Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman; “Modern Hebrew Poetry” with Ralph Wintrob; “Jewish/Israeli Film Festival” with Marty Haberer. There is also a special series on Fridays, March 1 and 8 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: “The Longest Hatred” – part 1: “Never Again - Holocaust survivor” with Thomas Hecht, Ph.D.; part 2: “The Roots of Anti-Semitism” with Ken Hanson, Ph.D. Call 941.383.8811 for a brochure listing all programs, prices and dates. Visit the school online at 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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eginning on Thursday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Larry Mahrer will present “An Overview of the Hebrew Bible: Where history and theology intersect.” This seven-week one-hour class is $18 for nonmembers. Students should provide their own copies of the Bible and register with Rabbi Mahrer at rablar@tampabay.rr.com. Biblical theology changed many times as historic circumstances varied. The class will explore many facets of this.

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resented by Rabbi Joel Mishkin, this class takes place at Temple Beth Sholom on Tuesdays, starting January 8, from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m., and is repeated on Sundays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Rabbi Mishkin will cover the intricacies of the Talmudic process centering on the fifth chapter of the tractate Berakhot (Blessings) that explores the act of prayer. The primary focus of Chapter Five is the content of the prayer, the details within this framework. The chapter focuses on elucidating the spiritual demands, namely the requisite and desired approach to prayer. The text will be taught using an English translation as well as using medieval commentaries equally translated in English. There are no prerequisites for this course. A novice as well as an accomplished student can both benefit. Everyone is welcome to attend, but there is a course cost of $36 for nonmembers for the semester. Registration is required. Call the temple office at 941.955.8121 for more information.

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nstructor Marden D. Paru will conduct a 10-week course and discussion on Mondays, starting January 7 at 7:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. Jewish humor not only serves as a mood changer, ends feelings of blueness, and makes us feel good, it also can serve as a focal point of Jewish learning, a “teachable moment.” Humor analysis is a creative and innovative new approach to Jewish understanding. What are the main ideas derived from any given piece of humor? What are the innuendos and why do we chuckle? What deeper meaning can we convey to ourselves from humor analyses? No textbooks are required; the source material is included. Students

ish cuisine, customs and ceremonies. Everyone is welcome to attend, but there is a course fee of $36 for nonmembers for the class. Registration is required. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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Adult Education with Hebrew. Learn this 5,000-year-old language in no time. Classes are on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 17 at Chabad Jewish Center of Venice. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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n Tuesdays, starting January 8, from 9:50 to 11:50 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, instructor Marden D. Paru presents the Scholar’s Circle. The Spring topic is “King Solomon in the Book of Kings.” This class is a continuation of last year’s material, but new students are welcome to join. The cost is $36 for nonmembers for the semester. Registration is required. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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tart your week on a high! Discuss, explore and journey through the world of mystical teachings and learn how to apply these profound teachings to your daily life. This ongoing class will probe the esoteric through a unique program of English text-based study. No prior Kabbalistic experience required. Free of charge and open to men and women, the class takes place on Mondays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center of Venice. January 7- February 18: Nurturing Faith - turning basic faith from the realm of abstract to reality. April 22 - May 27: Kabbalah 101 - an introduction to some of the basic concepts of Chasidism and Kabbalah. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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his 10-week course takes place on Tuesdays, starting June 4, from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. Instructor Marden D. Paru will cover the changes in both Judaic practices and beliefs in the modern period. Everyone is welcome to attend, but there is a course fee of $36 for nonmembers for the class. Registration is required. Contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org for more information.

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argeted for parents of preschoolers, but open to all, these workshops are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and 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. January 16: Reading…Words are Everywhere! Learn some strategies to use with young children to build their love of reading and their desire to learn. The opportunities are endless all around us. March 6: Passover Fun! 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! 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 and/or to register, email laura@templesinai-sarasota.org.

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oin Jewish women each week for an intense hour of “higher level” study and inspiration, delving into the Torah’s timeless wisdom. This Chabad Jewish Center of Venice class takes place on Tuesdays from 12:30 1:30 p.m. A delicious lunch is served. January 8 - 22: Purifying Waters. What is the mikvah? Who goes to a mikvah, why, when and where? Answers to all of these questions and more with this exciting three-week course. February 5- 19: The Messianic Era. Is the “Messiah” a Jewish concept? If yes, who is it and when will it come? Most of all, how does it affect my life today? Oh, and will there be “resurrection of the dead” too? Get all your questions answered in this intriguing three-week course. For more information, please contact Chabad at 941.493.2770 or info@ chabadofvenice.com.

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tegrity of You” and “Curious Tales of the Talmud” in its upcoming February and April courses. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will conduct the six-week course at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road. “The Integrity of You” begins February 6 and “Curious Tales of the Talmud” begins April 24. “The Integrity of You” will teach how to navigate everyday ethical dilemmas and “Curious Tales of the Talmud” will instructs you on how to find personal meaning in the legends of our Sages. JLI courses are designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish

affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. Interested students may call 941.752.3030 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented three times a year in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch in conjunction with Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch and is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. JLI courses are also held at the other Chabads in the region. For more information, contact: Chabad of Sarasota: 941.925.0770 Chabad of Venice & North Port: 941.493.2770

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Education - Children Preschools Federation Programs 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. We invite families who are expecting, or have recently celebrated the arrival of a baby (or babies), 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 Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org for more information. 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 Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org for more information.

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he Gan focuses on Jewish Early Childhood Programming for children up to five years of age. 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 Professionals and is a recipient of a Gold Seal of Excellence from the Florida Department of Children and Families. The curriculum applies developmentally-appropriate practices inspired by Montessori methods. The hands-on approach to learning encourages each child to grow academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Children develop a positive self-image, learn Jewish values and independence, and are well prepared for Kindergarten. The Gan also offers summer camp, Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Computers, Music Together with Allisongs, Temple Tots for Infants and Toddlers, Tot Shabbat services, and brand new InterActiv-Board technology in the pre-kindergarten (VPK) classroom. Registration for all programs is ongoing. For more information or to set up a tour of the facility, contact: Laura Freedman, 941.926.0462 Website: www.thegansarasota.org.

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oving, experienced teachers; creative, hands-on learning; and fun, engaging Jewish experiences abound at Temple Emanu-El Preschool. Accredited by NAC and the recipient of Gold Seal certification by Sarasota County’s Early Learning Coalition, Temple Emanu-El Preschool offers secular and Jewish early-childhood education for ages 18 months through 5 years – including VPK – in a nurturing environment. Traditional preschool hours are available, as well as extended care from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Students enjoy enrichments in gymnastics, Spanish, music/movement and computers. The Preschool also sponsors Mommy and Me classes for parents/caregivers and children ages 2-18 months. In addition to joyful Shabbat celebrations with Rabbi Brenner Glickman, students participate in Six-Pointed Stars, a weekly class that teaches about prayer, holidays, Hebrew, Bible stories, God, and Jewish values through engaging, hands-on activities. Jewish and interfaith families at the preschool may also receive a free yearlong membership to Temple Emanu-El. For more information, contact: Director Elaine Sharrock, 941.377.8074 or preschool@sarasotatemple.org Website: www.templeemanuelsarasota.org

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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

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since 1974 and has been in its present building since January 1988. The Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool at Temple Beth Sholom Schools is a FKC/FCIS accredited program with low teacherto-student ratios and programs for those from infants 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 – social, emotional, cognitive and physical. Children learn by hands-on doing, progressing at their own speed through exploration and discovery. Learning is all about making connections, which

is done through creative projects/thematic units, such as weather, nature, drama and animals. For more information, contact: Flora Oynick, 941.954.2027 Website: www.tbsschools.org.

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 up-to-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 an expansion of the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool at Temple Beth Sholom. The school is fully accredited (FKC/FCIS) and is the only private Jewish school in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. At Temple Beth Sholom Schools, 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. Projectbased learning asks students to investigate issues and topics addressing real-world problems by integrating subjects across the curriculum. A rigorous academic curriculum combined with hands-on experiences and low student-faculty ratios allow for an individualized program and results in students working up to two years above grade level. 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 is a community of families who “do Jewish” and love being Jewish together. From families of diverse backgrounds, Temple Sinai kids discover the joys of Judaism with their friends, guided by outstanding teachers who facilitate meaningful learning experiences focused on the needs and interests of the learners. Whether decorating matzah holders, competing in the Amazing Siddur Race, exploring what holiness means in today’s world, playing iPad Hebrew games or discovering what life is like in Israel, the learning is experiential and engaging, building on the best practices of Jewish education in the 21st century. Self-paced Hebrew accommodates learners of all ages at all levels. The new Gift Membership program brings together new member families and their host families to socialize and build life-long friendships. Give your child the gift of Judaism! This excellent program includes classes and programs on Sundays for Grades K-12, and mid-week Hebrew classes for Grades 3-6 in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. Temple Sinai has as its mission to create opportunities for students and families to appreciate and proudly celebrate being Jewish in our community and in today’s world. For more information, contact: Sue Huntting RJE, Religious School Director, 941.922.9322 or ReligiousSchool@templesinaisarasota.org

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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 handsKatz sica s on approach to teaching mitzvot. e J tact: 3 or Con t. 12 ns? x io e t Special holiday events create excits 6 Que .454 .org .371 dsrq ing moments and great memories. 941 e f j @ jkatz 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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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 handson lessons, CHS students look forward to Hebrew School all week long. Monthly newsletters and prog-

ress reports encourage a strong homeschool connection. CHS also provides many extracurricular activities, including four fabulous Back to the Future themed Family Fun Days, a Kosher Bake Sale, and a Friday night dinner honoring the CHS Students. 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

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“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: Flora Oynick, Education Dir., 941.552.2780 or foynick@templebethsholomfl.org

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he Jewish Congregation 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: Rabbi Daniel Krimsky, 941.484.2022 or jcvenice2@gmail.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 morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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 all used to bring the information to life. The hands-on learning style encourages children to be active and involved learners, and the worldfamous Aleph Champ teaching

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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. Special holiday parties bring each significant day to life and create positive and warm feelings for the child’s first formal Jewish experiences. With years of experience behind them, the teachers of the Chabad of Venice Hebrew School are devoted and trained to use this multi-sensory curriculum for connecting with children in their most comfortable learning style or format. 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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Sunday School, it’s never a meets twice monthly. And after B’nai struggle to get the children out of bed Mitzvah, they come back – which says and ready for a day of Jewish Living and it all. For information, contact: Learning. Rena Morano, Certified, knowledgeable teachers Education Director, 941.795.8687 gently guide children through a handsor shalom@nertamidflorida.org on, experiential curriculum. Website: www.nertamidflorida.org 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 Ner Tamid students practice tikkun olam by holiday services, and in familyshopping for Chanukah gifts for needy children

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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Camps Chabad of Sarasota Camp Gan Israel

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Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch

Cooking Demo: 6:00 pm Tickets: $50 * Limited to 50 attendees; first come/first serve. Includes reserved seating at lecture. Lecture: 7:30 pm Tickets: $10 *Students attend free with valid ID. Presented in partnership with The Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch, Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1. Hazan Family Favorites celebrates recipes from the Hazan family, prepared just as he prepares them for his own family. 85 recipes for every course in the Italian meal, including Appetizers, Soups, Pastas & Rice, Meats & Seafood, and Sides & Desserts. ExclusivE MEdia PartnEr:

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For 11th & 12th Grade Students - April 4-18, 2013 Selected teens will spend a week in Poland and march from Auschwitz to Birkenau with thousands of fellow Jews from around the world on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). The particpants will then spend a week in Israel on Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) seeing the incredible sites and sounds of our homeland.

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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

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

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t Temple Beth Sholom Day School, kids of all ages can participate in a Summer Experience that is heavy on the fun and light on the stress. The teaching staff consists of the same wonderful teachers that the children interact with during the school year. The preschool program classes are limited in size. Along

with the fun art and cooking themed projects, campers enjoy art class in the Atelier (art studio), water play in the outside classroom, and weekly Shabbat and rallies. Swim lessons and gymnastics are available in conjunction with the YMCA. The elementaryage campers have access to the state-

of-the-art computer lab and a fabulous playground with a soccer field and running track. All elementary-age campers participate in 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

“The most meaningful and exciting Jewish Summer camping adventure of your life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia!” ...Where over 50 kids from Sarasota & Bradenton are swimming, sculpting, horesback riding, skiing, biking, boating, climbing, “zipping”, & “blobbing” each summer!

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Camps Jewish Overnight Chabad of Bradenton & Camp Incentive Lakewood Ranch Camp Gan Israel amp Gan Israel, part of the ing, Shabbat parties, arts and crafts, and Grant Program The Jewish Overnight Camp Incentive Grant Program provides subsidies of up to $1,000 per child for campers attending a Jewish not-forprofit overnight camp. Grants are provided by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Eligible parents and children must be Jewish, residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties, and legal residents of the United States. Grants are paid directly to the camp and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for summer 2013 is January 25, 2013. Contact Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@ jfedsrq.org for more information.

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largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world, is sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch. It is known for its innovative ideas, creative programs, fabulous staff and new activities. At Gan Israel, children enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and spirited atmosphere. Campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel. Weekly Judaic themes are taught though exciting activities. Stories, songs, games and contests, in addition to challah bak-

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

In addition to the wide array of community events throughout the year, the Jewish Federation offers initiatives designed to help local families. Stuff like: • Camp grants and college scholarships • Teen and adult missions to Israel • Senior services & Israel advocacy

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he Gan at Temple Sinai’s Early Childhood Program offers a summer camp option throughout the summer months. Along with the activities designed to complement a particular theme, traditional summertime fun activities are included in the monthly program. They include playing games, story time, art projects, cooking, music, movement, dance, dramatic play, science and, of course, water play. Many special activities and enrichments are offered as well, including gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, a Spanish workshop, magic shows and puppet shows. As during the school year, the Friday Shabbat celebration is a lovely part of the busy week. The Director of Camp Gan, along with Chazzan Cliff Abramson, 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 Website: www.thegansarasota.org

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice provides a three-week summer day camp from midJune to mid-July. Called Camp Gan Israel or “Gan Izzy,” the camp attracts children of all backgrounds between the ages of 3 and 13. Children are offered a variety of exciting sports, swimming, arts and crafts, as well as such diverse activities as karate and horseback riding. Numerous special activities, workshops and even a fire juggling show are very popular. The camp also includes twice-a-week field trips to such varied destinations as a water park, golfing, bowling, BounceU and local museums. The camp’s trademark hot kosher lunch is served each day to every camper. Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish children from diverse backgrounds and affiliations. It is a place where children learn the importance of caring, sharing, 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. All counselors have prior camping experience and are well trained in safety. An indication of the close bond which develops between campers and counselors is the tearful good-byes on the last day as well as the connection that lasts throughout the year. Planning for 2013 Camp Gan Israel is already underway. For more information, contact: Rivka Schmerling, 941.493.2770 Website: www.cgivenice.com

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amp Barney Medintz, the summer resident camp of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, is located in the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains on over 500 wooded acres surrounding two private lakes. The camp, established in 1963, serves 1,200 boys and girls throughout the Southeast, including the SarasotaManatee area, and 25 states from coastto-coast.

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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

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. 25, 2013.

Get complete info and application: TheJewishFederation.org QuesTions? Contact Amber Ikeman at 941.371.4546 ext. 105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org

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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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favorites include the sports program, arts & crafts, dance, drama, waterfront, the swimming pool, cooking, music, video game challenges and much more. At the end of the day, win or lose, every camper goes back to the cabin feeling accomplished and having learned new skills. For more information, contact: 800.279.0401 or CampShalom@aol.com Website: www.campshalom.net

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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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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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ish leaders. For more information about any of the Suncoast Hillel chapters, contact: Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Exec. Dir. 813.765.6364, 813.899.2788 or rabbied@suncoasthillels.org Website: www.suncoasthillels.org

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which is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, and works with the nearly 3,000 Jewish college students in our region. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Suncoast Hillels offers a pluralistic, welcoming, inclusive environment, where students find the balance they seek in being distinctively Jewish and universally human. It creates Jewish life on campus, helping to secure a student’s Jewish identity at a critical time in their life. Hillel provides support and guidance, and a home-away-fromhome for Jewish students. It cultivates strong engagement, education and advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel; educates the broader campus community bout Judaism, Jewish culture and

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ll Jewish teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to join Sarasota-Manatee’s local chapters, Anachnu Tamid BBG and Achim AZA, 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 AZA and BBG chapters boast over 30 high school teens who regularly attend regional Shabbatonim and programs with Jewish teens from Orlando, Tampa and Naples. 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: NFR@bbyo.org Website: http://bbyo.org/region/ northflorida/

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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

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JOOSY (Junior Organization of Sinai Youth): Sixth through eighthgraders get together for social, cultural and community service events. Participants may attend Hatikvah Kallah, a junior NFTY convention. JOOSY and SAFETY sometimes have temple events together. SAFETY (Sarasota Area Federation of Extreme Temple Youth): High school students meet about once a month for student-organized and led programs. SAFETY members may participate in NFTY-STR events, called kallot; URJ’s Mitzvah Corp project, Camp Jenny; as well as have opportunities 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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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.

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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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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice offers teens a unique club. CTeen is a Jewish teen club that compacts exhilarating fun and meaningful projects into a program that’s thrilling and uniting. CTeen events happen at least monthly, but the moments last a lifetime, the impact is magnificent, and the experience priceless. CTeen is run by Rabbi Sholom Schmerling and his wife, Rivka, and both develop a special personal connection to many of the teens. CTeen 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, in this turbulent society. Parents of the teenagers are ecstatic that the club is a positive environment where their children can belong. For more information, contact: Chabad, 941.493.2770 or info@chabadofvenice.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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hapiro Teen Engagement Pathways (STEP) Initiative is a new project of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, funded by local philanthropists Sally and Sam Shapiro. STEP is designed to strengthen Jewish identity in teens and their families by providing opportunities for engagement in social, cultural and educational settings, focusing on the teen’s area of interest. Families will be paired with a STEP guide to navigate the Jewish experiences available to Sarasota-Manatee teens. For more information, contact Len Steinberg at 941.371.4546 x106 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org. The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission is a part

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of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee’s Jewish leadership development program for high school teens who express interest and exhibit Jewish leadership qualities. Eligible Jewish teens must be in their sophomore or junior year of high school and be residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties. Teens are selected in early winter; training sessions are held throughout the winter and spring, culminating in a highly subsidized two-week trip to Israel in June. Contact Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org. On April 4, 2013, thousands of Jewish teens from around the world will share a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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Each awards Each year, year, the TheJewish JewishFederation Federationof ofSarasota-Manatee Sarasota-Manatee awards college scholarships to qualified applicants. The deadline college scholarships to qualified applicants. The deadline forfor the tobe bereceived receivedis is April 2013. the applications applications to April 11,11, 2013.

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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 HaAtzmaut,

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Israel Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee partners with local philanthropists to provide scholarships annually for area teens to participate. Contact Orna Nissan at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@jfedsrq.org. The Send-A-Kid-to-Israel Program (SKIP), which provides funds for teen travel to Israel, reflects The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s commitment to Jewish continuity and identity for our community. The program provides financial assistance to enable area Jewish teens to participate in Israel trips and programs sponsored by an accredited cultural and/or educational organization. The SKIP program is funded in large part by the Betty and Herb Schiff SKIP Fund. Applications for 2013 programs are due by April 5, 2013. Contact Amber Ikeman at the

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Federation Programs Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@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 2012, $56,000 was awarded to 27 local Jewish teens. The primary consideration for these scholarships will be based on financial need; however, a good academic record and community involvement in Jewish activities are also important. The deadline for 2013-14 school year is April 11, 2013. Details and applications can be found on the Federation’s website at www.jfedsrq.org. Contact Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will offer Travel Scholarships of up to $2,000 for 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 200 programs. Contact Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@ jfedsrq.org. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee funds Jewish programming for area college students through the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Hillel groups at New College of Florida and the Ringling School of Art & Design host educational, social, cultural, religious, Tzedek, Israel and leadership programs. The program provides opportunities 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 Amber Ikeman at the Federation at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@ jfedsrq.org.

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The Federation will offer scholarships to applicants who have been accepted to a MASA program! (Up to $2,000 to cover travel to and from Israel only. Scholarships are first come, first serve.) Visit TheJewishFederation.org. Amber Ikeman, Teen Programming and Israel Advocacy Associate 941.371.4546 ext. 105 • aikeman@jfedsrq.org Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

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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 Congregation of Venice (JCV) has reached out to unaffiliated Jewish residents of Venice and their nonJewish 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 Congregation 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 jcvenice2@gmail.com

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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, 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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ongregation for Humanistic Judaism members continue to work with the All Faiths Food Bank to sponsor local schools’ Backpack for Kids Program. Members provide goods and services to Baby Basics, All Faiths Food Bank, Salvation Army and Resurrection House. As a participant in the Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network (GAIN), CHJ works to affirm the dignity and ensure the rights of the GLBT community. Its education series, scholar-inresidence and speakers draw a wide audience from the public – Jewish and non-Jewish. For more information, call: 941.929.7771 or visit Website: www.chj-sarasota.org.

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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 2013 January 3, 7:30 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle “Holocaust Survivor Cookbook” Author Joanne Caras will talk about her internationally acclaimed cookbook filled with recipes and stories of survivors Chabad of Venice $10 for JWC members; $12 for guests 941.493.2770 or rivka@chabadofvenice.com January 5, 10:30 a.m. “The Forward in the Age of Facebook” Guest speaker: Samuel Norwich, publisher of The Forward Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 January 6-7 Various times and locations The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents “Fellner on Film” Rabbi Azriel Fellner returns to Sarasota to present three films, each of which has to do with the idea of the “stranger,” the “alien,” or the “other.” The films will not be shown in their entirety; rather this is a discussion using clips from the films. The Federation is grateful to Leonard and Helen Glaser for their sponsorship of this program. $10 each; $20 for the series of three Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx

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January 6, 9:00 a.m. A Discussion with Stuart Krupkin, Jewish War Veteran Breakfast will be served Chabad of Sarasota $5 Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 8, 7:30 p.m. N’Shei Chabad Women: Zoom Back in Time & Zumba Feel the heartbeat of our foremothers and strong biblical women, then feel the beating of your own heart Chabad of Sarasota $8 for N’shei members; $12 for guests Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 9, 10:30 a.m. GulfsidePalm ORT “Game Day” Laurel Oak Country Club $36 Ruth Briefman, 941.925.5831 or Dottie Ring, 941.966.1428 January 9, 8:00 p.m. “Live” from NY’s 92nd St Y Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs and Science Friday host Ira Flatow talk science, religion and the search for meaning Temple Beth Israel $5 for nonmembers 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org January 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. BNC’s Punta Gorda Architecture and History Tour with Harold Bubil Meet bus at 9:45 a.m. at Target Shopping Center, Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

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$50 for members; $70 for guests 941.388.9624 or 941.349.6713 January 11, 8:00 p.m. Technion Shabbat Service Temple Beth Israel Jennifer Singer, 941.378.1500 or jennifer@ats.org January 12, 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Playdate and Tu B’Shevat Celebration Shabbat and holiday celebration with breakfast, crafts, socializing, and age-appropriate prayers, songs, and blessings for young Jewish and interfaith families; sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and funded by an Incubator Grant from the Union for Reform Judaism Sarasota Children’s Garden 941.379.1997 January 12, 6:00 p.m. Dining with Our Stars Temple Emanu-El dinner and gala celebration honoring Marty Arch and Eunice Cohen University Park Country Club Cost TBA 941.371.2788 January 13, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5th Annual Jewish Food Festival and Health Fair All the great comfort foods – eat in or take out; health fair, arts and crafts vendors, used book sale Temple Sinai 941.924.1802

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Calendar January 13, 2:00 p.m. “The Jews Who Created Hollywood” Learning and discussion led by Robert Toplin Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA 941.371.2788 January 14, 10:30 a.m. JFCS New Volunteer Orientation JFCS Tara Booker, 941.366.2224 x143 or tbooker@jfcs-cares.org January 14, 6:00 p.m. The 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival featuring Giuliano Hazan Giuliano Hazan is one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. His new book, Hazan Family Favorites, celebrates recipes from the Hazan family, prepared as he prepares them for his own family. The book deliciously presents 85 recipes for every course in the Italian meal. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch. Polo Grill and Bar $50 ticket includes cooking demonstration followed by lecture (limited to the first 50 people); $10 ticket includes lecture ONLY Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx January 16, 11:30 a.m. NCJW’s 31st Annual Women in Power Luncheon Honoring four women who have improved the lives of women, children and families in the community: Judy Cahn, Dolly Jacobs, Maureen Maguire, M.D., Gloria Moss Michael’s On East $65 941.342.1855 January 17, 11:00 a.m. Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society: Food in Focus

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Includes lunch and challah baking Chabad of Sarasota $18 Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 18-20 Scholar-in-Residence weekend Dr. Michael J. Cook, the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of JudeoChristian Studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Temple Beth Israel Free; nominal fee for Sunday breakfast 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org January 18, 7:30 p.m. Interfaith Martin Luther King. Jr. Service Shabbat service featuring Bishop Henry Porter and the Westcoast School Choir Temple Emanu-El 941.371.2788 January 19, 8:00 p.m. University on Wheels Patron Pre-Party BNC’s informal evening with Brandeis Professor Dr. Don Katz The Landings $36 414-628-8229 or 941.753.2211 January 20, 9:30 a.m. University on Wheels Brandeis Professor Dr. Don Katz will speak about “What Makes Us Like the Foods We Like?” after a delicious brunch TPC Prestancia $25 for BNC members; $30 for guests 414-628-8229 or 941.753.2211 January 20, 11:00 a.m. GulfsidePalm and SaraMana ORT “Luncheon Fashion Show” Michael’s On East $48 Barbara Berliner, 941.907.0317 or Karen Gary, 941.387.7271

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January 22, 8:00 p.m. Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents Keyboard Conversations®. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel celebrates legendary piano masterpieces with captivating commentary and a fast-paced Q&A. This program features the Romantic Music of Chopin. Federation Campus Tickets start at $30 Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx January 23, 10:30 a.m. Torah Fund Study Day and Luncheon Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood honors Adeline Silverman with the “Light of Torah” Award; Rabbi Andy Shugerman is guest speaker for the study session on “Uri, Uri, Arise, Arise” and “Awake and Greet the New Dawn;” luncheon follows at noon Temple Beth Sholom $25, includes lunch; reservations required by January 19 Betty Levitt, 941.927.4854 or Julie Friedman, 941.484.2790 January 24, 10:30 a.m. Holiday Education Series with Rachel Dulin – Tu B’Shevat A new educational series devoted to discussing the biblical roots of the holidays. A gifted instructor, Rachel Dulin has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew and has done groundbreaking research in the confluence of Women’s Studies and biblical scholarship. Federation Campus $10 Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

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Calendar January 26, 7:30 p.m. A Soirée of Music A magical night of music at Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Kalvaria’s home; all proceeds benefit the Weinstein Religious School $30 Kelly at 941.925.0770 January 27, 10:00 a.m. Technion Annual Brunch Michael’s On East $75 Jennifer Singer, 941.378.1500 or jennifer@ats.org January 27, noon - 5:00 p.m. We Love Israel Marketplace This multi-generational, multi-cultural event will showcase the flavors, culture, artistry and technology of the State of Israel. Featuring activities and entertainment for all ages, this event will serve as a tribute to Israel’s many contributions to our world. Robarts Arena Free Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.sarasotalovesisrael.com January 29, 7:00 p.m. Gala Cocktail Evening and Auction Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and live music, with Chinese, silent and live auctions Chabad of Venice $54 Chabad of Venice January 29, 7:30 p.m. Movie: Hava Hagila Hava Nagila is a documentary that celebrates 100 years of Jewish history and culture, and reveals the power of music to bridge cultural divides and bring us together as human beings Temple Beth Israel Nonmembers: $10 in advance; $15 at the door 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org

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January 30, 6:30 p.m. Evening of Treasures Chabad Gala - Auction & Cocktail Party; bid on over 75 fabulous prizes and enjoy a delicious cocktail party Fete Polo Grill & Ballroom $50 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

February 2013 February 3, 8:00 a.m. World Wide Wrap at Temple Beth Sholom Join the Jewish community across the world in putting on tefillin Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955-8121 February 3, 4:00 p.m. Super Bowl Party Watch the biggest football game of the year on the big screen; sponsored by the Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club Temple Beth Sholom $20, includes popcorn and dinner Gerry Ronkin, 941.955.8121 or gronkin@templebethsholomfl.org February 6, 5:00 p.m. A German Life with Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D. Dr. Wollschlaeger will discuss his book, A German Life, about his upbringing as the Christian son of a WWII German tank commander – a third-generation warrior who received the Iron Cross, which was pinned on his uniform by Adolf Hitler himself – who was repelled by what he learned about the Holocaust and ultimately converted to Judaism and moved to Israel. University of South Florida SarasotaManatee Free Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.sarasotalovesisrael.com

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February 7, 7:00 p.m. Boxser Diversity Initiative presents Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish Dr. Abuelaish, author of the book I Shall Not Hate, is a Harvard-trained physician who lost his three daughters and a niece in 2009 when Israeli shells destroyed his home in Gaza. Instead of turning his loss into rage and hate, he dedicated himself to seeking forgiveness, understanding and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 February 7, 7:30 p.m. Jewish Women’s Circle “Kugels Galore” Choose from three different homemade kugels and whip one up in no time flat Chabad of Venice $10 for JWC members; $12 for guests 941.493.2770 or rivka@chabadofvenice.com February 7, 7:30 p.m. N’Shei Chabad Women: Purim Improv Workshop Led by expert drama teacher Vivien Kalvaria, followed by “Finding Miracles in Our Lives” Chabad of Sarasota Free for N’shei members; $5 for guests Kelly at 941.925.0770 February 8, 11:00 a.m. BNC Book and Author Luncheon Author Karen Koenig, LCSW, MeD. will speak about her book, Nice Girls Finish Fat University Park Country Club Cost TBA 941.359.0550 or andrewrachel@verizon.net

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Calendar February 8, 7:30 p.m. “37 Postcards” A humorous look at life, proving you can go home again, you just don’t know what you will find; Produced by Michael Beltzman Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Advance tickets at $10 required; space limited 941.929.7771 February 9, 6:00 p.m. Talent Show Dinner and entertainment hosted by Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA 941.371.2788 February 9, 7:00 p.m. Temple Beth El Bradenton’s Annual Casino Night Las Vegas Style Casino Games

Live Auction – Chips Auction – Silent Auction Bradenton Woman’s Club $25 prepaid; $30 at the door 941.755.4900 February 10, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mitzvah Day at Temple Sinai Helping hands of all ages are needed for a variety of projects both off and on campus Free Call to register, 941.924.1802 February 10, 1:00 p.m. Sephardic Customs Interactive adult education program led by Director of Religious Education Sabrina Silverberg Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA 941.371.2788

February 11, 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Steve Emerson Steve Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He will screen his new film, Jihad in America 2: The Grave Deception, followed by a discussion and Q&A. Church of Hope Tickets start at $10 Amber Ikeman, aikeman@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x105 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx February 12, 7:00 p.m. “Understanding the Iranians – What Motivates the Ayatollahs? Chabad of Venice lecture by Dr. Mordechai Keda Venice Community Center $5 941.493.2770

Purim events: February 23-24 February 23, 5:00 p.m. Purim service Megillah shpiel, dinner, Shushan Blues theme, The Bruno Trio Temple Sinai 941.924.1802 February 23, 7:00 p.m. Purim for Adults Congregation Kol HaNeshama 941.244.2042

Cost TBA 941.378.5567 February 24, 10:30 a.m. Purim Carnival Featuring a costume contest, dancing, games, food, and many children’s activities Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121

February 23, 7:30 p.m. Purim in the Palace Costume contest, dancing, games, food and fun for all ages Chabad of Sarasota Kelly at 941.925.0770

February 24, 2:00 p.m. Grand Purim Party Purim in Italy is the creative twist to this year’s Purim celebration Chabad of Venice $18 for adults; $10 for kids 941.493.2770

February 24, 10:00 a.m. Purim Pandemonium Megillah reading, costume parade, and carnival extravaganza Temple Emanu-El

February 24, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Community Purim Festival and Carnival Megillah reading, bounce house, facepainting, food, hamentashen, adult

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and children costume contest, Klezmer band, craft tables, children’s games Temple Beth El Bradenton 941.755.4900 February 24, 4:30 p.m. Purim Under the Sea Enjoy delicious seafood, lively and interactive entertainment, comedy with the Rabbi & Cantor, Megillah reading, hamentashen and more Chabad of Bradenton $18 for adults; $12 for kids (3-12) 941.752.3030 February 24, 5:00 p.m. A Magical Purim Magician, hamentashen, games and much more Chabad of Sarasota Kelly at 941.925.0770

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Calendar February 13, 7:00 p.m. The 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival featuring Rich Cohen Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Samuel Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Federation Campus $10 Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx February 17, 6:00 p.m. Gong Show A hilarious, entertaining amateur hour Chabad of Saraosta $7 Kelly at 941.925.0770 February 24, 2:00 p.m. Midday Musicale Temple Beth Sholom presents the Sarasota Orchestra String and Wind Quartets – a program to delight the musical senses Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 February 25, 10:30 a.m. Holiday Education Series with Rachel Dulin – Shushan Purim A new educational series devoted to discussing the biblical roots of the holidays. A gifted instructor, Rachel Dulin has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew and has done groundbreaking research in the confluence of Women’s Studies and biblical scholarship. Federation Campus $10 Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

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February 25, noon BIW Fashion Show Luncheon Temple Beth Israel Women event Michael’s On East $40 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org

March 2, 7:00 p.m. Temple Sinai’s Black and White Ball Largest event of the season to benefit the programs that support the teens and children’s offerings Betty Cahall, 941.349.2039

February 26, 7:00 p.m. The Jewish Federation and The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast present the Ariel String Quartet The Ariel String Quartet was formed in Israel over 10 years ago. Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music, an astonishing accomplishment for such a young ensemble and a testament to the Ariel’s skill and dedication to their craft. Federation Campus Free – reservations required Kim Mullins, kmullins@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x103 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

March 3, noon The 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival featuring Delia Ephron Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright. Her newest book, The Lion Is In, is written with the deftness, humor and wit that have marked her books, plays and movies. The Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love – and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle. Marina Jack $36 – includes lunch Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

February 26, 7:30 p.m. Opera Night Temple Beth Israel $30 open seating; $50 reserved seats 941.383.3428 or info@tbi-lbk.org

March 2013 March 2, 7:00 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Schools’ 20th Annual Celebration of Imagination Platinum Ball Hyatt Regency Sarasota Enjoy dinner, cocktails and entertainment while bidding on auction items featuring works of art and furniture created by the students and various school-associated artists Kristina Engelsberg, 941.552.2770

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March 3, 7:00 p.m. The 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival featuring Leslie Maitland Leslie Maitland is a former awardwinning reporter and national correspondent for The New York Times who specialized in legal affairs and investigative reporting. She grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book, Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile and Love Reclaimed, is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time. Federation Campus $10 Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx March 6 & 7, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Estate/Rummage Sale Sale hosted by Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood, with all

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Calendar proceeds benefitting the religious school Temple Emanu-El 941.371.2788 March 6, 6:00 p.m. Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents Women’s Passover Celebration This event features Julie Silver, one of the most celebrated and beloved performers in the world of contemporary Jewish music today. Michael’s On East Tickets start at $65 Ilene Fox, ifox@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x110 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx March 9, 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Sarasota’s 18th Annual Gala A dinner honoring Isaac & Vivien Kalvaria and Martin & Shelley Waldman to benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund Michael’s On East Kelly at 941.925.0770 March 9, 7:00 p.m. Rick Recht in Concert Leading Jewish musician performs live Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA Dan Barwick, 941.232.1832 March 12, 8:00 p.m. Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee presents Keyboard Conversations®. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel celebrates legendary piano masterpieces with captivating commentary and a fast-paced Q&A. This program features the Power and Passion of Beethoven. Federation Campus Tickets start at $30 Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

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March 15, 7:30 p.m. “How the Religious Right Harms Us All and What We Can Do About It” Guest speaker: Sean Faircloth, Dir. of Hawkins Institute Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 March 16-17 Scholar-in-Residence weekend Dr. Rachel Dulin Congregation Kol HaNeshama Free; RSVP requested 941.244.2042 March 17-21 Various times and locations The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and the Sarasota Film Festival present the 4th Annual Jewish Film Festival The event will feature films shown in locations throughout the two-county area. This year’s festival will focus on films made in or about Israel which expose viewers to a variety of historical events and human experiences. Tickets start at $7 Len Steinberg, lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x106 or www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx March 17, 10:00 a.m. Passover Workshop “The Intricacies of Passover Observance Made Easy” Temple Beth Sholom Free Marden Paru, 941.955.8121 or mparu@templebethsholomfl.org March 17, 5:00 p.m. Square Dance Dinner, prizes, professional caller Temple Beth Sholom Cost TBA Gerry Ronkin, 941.955.8121 or gronkin@templebethsholomfl.org

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March 19, noon JFCS Golf Challenge Longboat Key Club & Resort $350 per person Stacy Quaid, 941.366.2224 x142 or squaid@jfcs-cares.org March 19, 6:00 p.m. 9th Annual JFCS Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting Features chefs from 25 local premiere restaurants, select wines, silent auction and live music Longboat Key Club & Resort $100 per person Stacy Quaid, 941.366.2224 x142 or squaid@jfcs-cares.org March 29-30 Scholar-in-Residence weekend Weekend of learning with renowned scholar and American Jewish Archives director Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Ph.D. Temple Emanu-El 941.371.2788 March 31, 1:00 p.m. Kosher Passover BBQ Enjoy hot dogs, chicken and all the “fixins” along with children’s activities Temple Beth Sholom Cost TBA 941.955.8121

April 2013 April 6, 6:00 p.m. Temple Beth El Bradenton Dinner Dance Celebrating TBE’s 38th anniversary, honoring Jerry and Jeanne Shames Renaissance on 9th 941.755.4900 April 14, noon Israeli-style Brunch With the Israeli War Veterans Panel Chabad of Sarasota $8 for adults; $6 for students Kelly at 941.925.0770

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Calendar April 14, 1:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Honors Luncheon Luncheon and entertainment honoring Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman Lakewood Ranch Country Club Cost TBA 941.812.4858 April 18, 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the Ballet with Brandeis An evening at the Sarasota Ballet preceded by dinner; performance at the Van Wezel, dinner at El Pescador Restaurant $75 for BNC members; $85 for guests 941.388.9624 or jrt3501@yahoo.com April 19, 7:30 p.m. Israel Independence Day celebration Featuring local students from the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Program Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Free 941.929.7771 April 27, 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Playdate and Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Breakfast, Israel activities, crafts, dancing, socializing, and ageappropriate prayers, songs and blessings for young Jewish and interfaith families Temple Emanu-El 941.379.1997 April 28, noon Mitzvah Day Hands-on community service projects and donation drives for all ages and abilities Temple Emanu-El 941.379.1997 April 28, 2:00 p.m. Lag B’Omer Family BBQ Chabad of Sarasota event Siesta Key Pavilion Kelly at 941.925.0770

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April 28, 4:30 p.m. Lag B’Omer Celebration Bonfire, drum circle and BBQ Chabad of Bradenton Free; cost for food 941.752.3030

May 14, 7:30 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot Dessert, documentary and discussion with Rabbi Huntting Temple Sinai 941.924.1802

April 28, 6:00 p.m. Lag B’Omer BBQ on the Beach Delicious food, exciting drum circle, entertainment, kids’ program Chabad of Venice event Harbor Drive 941.493.2770

May 15, 5:30 p.m. Shavuot Party Chabad of Sarasota Kelly at 941.925.0770

May 2013 May 5, 9:00 a.m. Jewish Genealogy With Kim Sheintal; breakfast included Chabad of Sarasota $5 Kelly at 941.925.0770 May 8, 1:00 p.m. Interfaith Tea Third annual afternoon of interfaith learning, socializing and noshing, sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA 941.371.2788

May 15, 6:00 p.m. Shavuot Ice Cream Party Enjoy ice cream and a light dairy buffet Chabad of Venice 941.493.2770 May 18, 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals Pet portraits, snacks and individual blessings for the pets who enrich our lives Temple Emanu-El 941.379.1997

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May 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Museum Night at Temple Beth Sholom Schools Share in the amazing discoveries made by students as they serve as docents to their exhibits 941.552.2770

June 8, 7:00 p.m. Holiday Education Series with Rachel Dulin – Rosh Chodesh A new educational series devoted to discussing the biblical roots of the holidays. A gifted instructor, Rachel Dulin has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew. Federation Campus $10 Orna Nissan, onissan@jfedsrq.org or 941.371.4546 x104 or www.jfedsrq.org/ events.aspx

May 14, 7:00 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot An evening of Jewish learning and dairy desserts in honor of Shavuot, led by Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Rose Glickman Temple Emanu-El $18 for guests 941.379.1997

June 15, 6:00 p.m. Beach Picnic and Havdalah Cookout, beach, games, songs and fun, sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood Turtle Beach Picnic Shelter, south end of Siesta Key Cost TBA 941.371.2788

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Calendar

2013 Candle lighting times for the Sarasota-Manatee area: January 4: 5:31 pm January 11: 5:36 pm January 18: 5:42 pm January 25: 5:47 pm February 1: 5:53 pm February 8: 5:58 pm February 15: 6:03 pm February 22: 6:08 pm March 1: 6:12 pm 6:16 pm March 8: March 15: 7:20 pm March 22: 7:24 pm March 25, Eve of First day Passover: 7:25 pm March 26, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:19 pm 7:28 pm March 29: March 31, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:29 pm April 1, Eve of Eighth day Passover: after 8:22 pm 7:31 pm April 5: April 12: 7:35 pm April 19: 7:38 pm April 26: 7:42 pm May 3: 7:46 pm May 10: 7:50 pm May 14, Eve of First day Shavuot: 7:52 pm May 15, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:49 pm 7:54 pm May 17: May 24: 7:58 pm May 31: 8:02 pm June 7: 8:05 pm June 14: 8:08 pm June 21: 8:10 pm June 28: 8:11 pm July 5: 8:11 pm 117

July 12: 8:10 pm July 19: 8:08 pm July 26: 8:05 pm August 2: 8:00 pm August 9: 7:55 pm August 16: 7:49 pm August 23: 7:43 pm August 30: 7:35 pm September 4, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:30 pm September 5, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: a fter 8:22 pm September 6: 7:28 pm September 13, Eve of Yom Kippur: 7:20 pm September 18, Eve of First day Sukkot: 7:14 pm September 19, Eve of Second day Sukkot: after 8:05 pm

September 20: 7:12 pm September 25, Eve of Shemini 7:06 pm Atzeret: September 26, Eve of Simchat after 7:57 pm Torah: September 27: 7:03 pm October 4: 6:56 pm October 11: 6:48 pm October 18: 6:41 pm October 25: 6:35 pm November 1: 6:29 pm November 8: 5:24 pm November 15: 5:21 pm November 22: 5:18 pm November 29: 5:17 pm December 6: 5:18 pm December 13: 5:19 pm December 20: 5:22 pm December 27: 5:26 pm

2013 (5773/5774) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: January 26 (Saturday) Purim: February 24 (Sunday) Passover (Pesach): March 26 (Tuesday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 7 (Sunday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): April 15 (Monday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): April 16 (Tuesday) Lag B’Omer: April 28 (Sunday) Shavuot: May 15 (Wednesday) Tisha B’Av: July 16 (Tuesday) Rosh HaShanah 5774: September 5 (Thursday) Yom Kippur: September 14 (Saturday) Sukkot: September 19 (Thursday) Shemini Atzeret: September 26 (Thursday) Simchat Torah: September 27 (Friday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): November 28 (Thursday)

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Index Advocacy groups 62-63 American Friends of Magen David Adom 67 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 62 American Jewish Committee 63 American Technion Society 66 Anti-Defamation League 63 Association of Professional Jewish Artists 57 BBYO 104 B’nai B’rith International, FL Gulf Coast Lodge 56 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Mission 106 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 110-116 Camp Barney Medintz 102 Camp Coleman 102 Camp Gan at Temple Sinai 101 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Bradenton 100 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Sarasota 98 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Venice 101 Camp Grant programs 100 Camp Judaea 103 Camp Ramah Darom 103 Camp Shalom 103

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Camps 98-103 Candle lighting times 117 Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton 94 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 47 Chabad of Sarasota 45 Chabad of Sarasota Kaplan Preschool 91 Chabad of Sarasota Torah 4 Teens 105 Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 93 Chabad of Venice & North Port 49 Chabad of Venice Hebrew School 96 Chabad of Venice Teen Club 105 Chevra Kadisha 73 Classes 76-89 College scholarships 107 Computers 4 Seniors Training 79 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 42 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 43 Congregation Ner Tamid 46 Congregation Ner Tamid Sunday School 97 Consulate General of Israel for Florida and Puerto Rico 71 Cooking classes & food festivals 36-37 Dress Up for Yontif program 72 Education, adult 76-89 Education, children 90-103 Enewsletter 17 Film 18-19 Florida Holocaust Museum 26 Florida-Israel Chamber 71 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 68 Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai 90 Generations After 26 Goldie Feldman Academy 92 Hebrew/religious schools 93-97 Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative 15 Hillels of the Florida Suncoast 104,107 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL 27 Holocaust programming 26 Hospice 74 Israel @ 65 events 60-61 Israel Advocacy Initiative 15 Israel Bonds 64-65 Israel Connection 64-71 Jewish Book Festival 22 Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch 58 Jewish Congregation of Venice 48 Jewish Congregation of Venice Religious School 96 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 72-73

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Index 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 Museum of Florida 28 Jewish National Fund 70 The Jewish News monthly newspaper 16 Jewish Outreach 108-109 Jewish War Veterans – Sarasota County Post #172 58 Junior Organization of Sinai Youth (JOOSY) 105 Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool 91 Kobernick Anchin 74 Kosher Consumers Council 75 Kosher/Jewish food providers 75 L’chaim BBYO 104 Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y 20 March of the Living Mission 106 Movie nights/series 18-19 Museums 26-28 Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) 55 National Council of Jewish Women 53 Organizations 52-71 ORT America 52 Outreach 108-109 Paver Religious School 95 Performing arts 32-34 The PJ Library® 90 Preschools 90-91 Relatives and Friends of Israelis (RAFI) 57 SaBra Hadassah 54 Sarasota Area Federation of Extreme Temple Youth (SAFETY) 105 Sarasota Jewish Chorale 56 Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva 76 Sarasota Sister Cities Association 69 Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinic Association 56 Scholar-in-Residence programs 24-25 Schools 90-97 Send-A-Kid-to-Israel (SKIP) Program 106 Senior services 72-74 Shalom Baby 90 Shapiro Teen Engagement Pathways Initiative 106 Simon Wiesenthal Center 62 Speakers/Lectures 29-31 Special interest groups 52-59 Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee 49 Synagogues 38-50 119

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Teen Federation programs 106-107 Temple Beth El Bradenton 44 Temple Beth El Bradenton Religious School 94 Temple Beth El North Port 50 Temple Beth Israel 40 Temple Beth Sholom 38 Temple Beth Sholom Summer Experience 99 Temple Beth Sholom Youth Groups 104 Temple Emanu-El 41 Temple Emanu-El Preschool 90 Temple Emanu-El Preschool Summer Camp 98 Temple Emanu-El Religious School 97 Temple Emanu-El Youth @ TEE 103 Temple Sinai 39 Temple Sinai JOOSY & SAFETY 105 Temple Sinai Religious School 93 T.G.I.S. - “Thank G-d It’s Shabbat” 105 Theater 32-34 Tidewell Hospice 74 Travel Scholarships 107 Veterans 58 Video Collection, Jewish Heritage 18 Young Adult Division, Federation 58 Youth groups 103-105 Zionist Organization of America 70

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Agencies/Organizations

American Technion 52 B’nai B’rith 42 The Community Foundation of Sarasota County 66 Hadassah - FL Central Region 43 Israel Bonds 53 Jewish National Fund 27 National Council of Jewish Women 24

Attorneys

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Book Stores

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Bridal & Formal Wear

Sarasota Brides & Formal Wear 87

Camps

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Cultural Centers/Performing Arts Artist Series Concerts 20 Asolo Repertory Theatre 32 Florida Studio Theatre 19 Jewish Museum of Florida 6 The Players Theatre 33 Sarasota Film Festival 2

Education

Chabad Kaplan Preschool 92 Paver Religious School 92 Temple Beth Sholom Schools 91 Temple Emanu-El Religious School 95

Financial

Diamond Trading Co., Inc. 63 Rudd International 5

Funeral Homes

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Health/Medical Services

Richard Greenspan, DDS 69 Manatee-Sarasota Eye Clinic 30 Sarasota Center for Family Health & Wellness 31 Deborah Simpkins, DMD 62 Urolology Treatment Center Inside Front Cover

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Hotels

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Observer Media Group 4 The Radio Rabbi (Barbara Aiello) 85 WUSF Public Media 36

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Photography, Printing, Design Cliff Roles Photography 41 Gateway Media 57 Main Street Graphics 55 Spotlight Graphics 79

Real Estate

Barbara Ackerman, Coldwell Banker 17 Janis Collier, Michael Saunders & Company 37 Michael Granston, Century 21Dockside Realty 76

Restaurants/Food/Catering A Taste of Europe 75 The Francis 1 Fresh Start Cafe 85 Michael’s On East 71 Nellie’s Deli & Catering 35 Paisano’s Italian Bakery 24 Polo Grill & Bar 81 The Teahouse at Asian Arts 25 TooJay’s 29 Zildjian Catering 19

Senior Living Alternatives Brookdale Senior Living 3 Kobernick/Anchin 28 Lakehouse West 77

Senior Services

Bright Day Home Healthcare 17 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 78 Perfect Solutions for Seniors 89 Seniors Blue Book 58 Seniors on the Go 45 Tidewell Hospice 73

Synagogues

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 23 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 67 Congregation Ner Tamid 58 Jewish Center of Venice 57 Temple Beth El Bradenton 63 Temple Beth El North Port 74 Temple Beth Israel 51 Temple Beth Sholom 9 Temple Sinai 54

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