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halom! Welcome to the seventh annual 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. Volume 7, No. 1 tion Just Jewish News keeps you up-to-date on all things “Jewish” each 2017 Edition hildhood educasaThe c & month, Connections serves as your annual resource guide. ult adpages 136 Please keep Connections handy throughout the year. In addition to an overUSPS Permit No. 167 view of the local organizations, special interest groups, schools and temples, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities – cultural, educational and spiritual – available to Publisher the Jewish community in Sarasota-Manatee. Below is just one example. The Jewish Federation Without our valued advertisers, The Jewish News and Connections would not of Sarasota-Manatee be possible. When you visit a business, professional or organization that advertises Klingenstein Jewish Center with us, please be sure to say, “Thank you for advertising in the publications of 580 McIntosh Road The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.” – Ted Epstein Sarasota, FL 34232-1959

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Table of Contents

FEDERATION.............................................10-17

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

ARTS & CULTURE.......................................18-45

News and Information ....................................................18-19 Entertainment - Film/Variety.........................................20-24 Book Discussion Groups.................................................26-27 Scholar-in-Residence......................................................28-29 Holocaust Programming.......................................................30 Museums.............................................................................31-33 Speakers/Lectures...........................................................34-36 Calendar of Jewish-related events at theaters......38-39 Festivals, Food, Fashion, Art, Fun & Games, Etc.......40-45

RELIGIOUS LIFE.........................................46-59 COMMUNITY HISTORY..............................60-64 ORGANIZATIONS......................................66-82

Special Interest Groups...................................................66-74 Advocacy Groups..............................................................76-78 Israel Connection..............................................................79-82

COMMUNITY SERVICES............................84-88

Jewish Family & Children’s Service.............................84-86

ADULT EDUCATION................................90-101

Ongoing Classes................................................................90-94 January - June 2017 Classes........................................95-101

EDUCATION - CHILDREN.......................102-110

Preschools/Day Schools.............................................102-103 Hebrew/Religious........................................................104-106 Camps..............................................................................107-110

FOCUS ON YOUTH................................111-116

Youth Groups.................................................................111-114 Federation Programs..................................................115-116

JEWISH OUTREACH..............................117-119 CALENDAR............................................121-129

Community Events......................................................121-128 Candle Lighting Times........................................................129 Jewish Holidays......................................................................129

INDEX....................................................130-131 DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.....................132 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in Connections.

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Looking to connect with other members of the Jewish community? We want to help you with your transition to the Sarasota-Manatee area, and help you feel at home. Our mid-size community offers the benefits of a large city with the hospitality of a small town—with a multitude of synagogues, Jewish organizations, and cultural events. The Jewish Federation would like to welcome you to the area! Join us for a complimentary NEWCOMERS RECEPTION, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, in The Francis, 1289 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota at 5:00 pm. Please refer to pages 117 for details.

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Jewish Federation A Message from the Executive Director

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have had the privilege of serving our Jewish commu- bers of our Jewish community to express their connection to nity as the Executive Director of The Jewish Federa- Judaism through cultural arts experiences. tion of Sarasota-Manatee since 2001. Over the last 15 One in every two Jewish households has participated in years, I have formed relationships with many leaders, vol- a Federation-sponsored program during the past three years. unteers and donors – the backbone of our Federation. It We have also mainstreamed Israel and Judaism into the is through their vision, hard work and dedication that we general community as well. continue to work to make this Jewish community and our How do we educate Jewishly and bring Israel into our local Sarasota-Manatee community a better place for all. population? It is imperative that our Federation continue to transi- By working together with local ministerial associations, our tion as an ever-increasing number of people of every age, area synagogues, and interfaith organizations, important differing religious backgrounds, and representlessons of tolerance, understanding and muing a wide variety of communal organizations tual respect are shared with those of all ages. become involved in the work we do. Over the Through our Federation and Federationyears, these changes have been dramatic and sponsored educational programs, includmore is yet to come. ing the PJ Library, Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva, Under the outstanding leadership of FedHolocaust Speakers Bureau, and two popueration President Patti Wertheimer, and our lar lecture series, formal and informal Jewish gifted Federation team of volunteer and proeducation takes place throughout our comfessional leadership, we are continuing to grow munity on a weekly basis. and develop Federation-supported and funded The Federation works to engage teens programs that are relevant to members of our in Judaism on their terms through impactHOWARD Jewish community. ful programs like our active STEP (Sam and TEVLOWITZ Yes, our Jewish Federation does things difSally Shapiro Teen Engagement Program) Executive Director ferently than many traditional Federations. We The Jewish Federation Initiative, March of the Living Mission, Schiff of Sarasota-Manatee are on the cutting edge of the national Jewish Send-A-Kid-To-Israel Program, and The Federation system – and proud of it! Through Beatrice and Ilene Friedman Alexander Muss dialogue with leadership, volunteers, community members High School in Israel Scholarship. and staff, we have developed new thinking and new passions. Our Fighting Anti-Semitism Today (FAST) program We are constantly evaluating our programs and initiatives to aims to prepare a new generation of young adults to stand determine what is still viable as well as that which must be up and fight for true social justice while faced with hostile changed to ensure our future. Some ideas and concepts will behavior in an environment meant for growth and educawork and some may not. Change is never easy. tion. Additionally, our support of Holocaust and genocide How do we engage Jewishly and instill Jewish pride? awareness education, diversity initiatives and Israel advocacy Through partnerships with the general community arts, ed- impact tens of thousands of students in elementary, middle ucational and civic organizations such as Marie Selby Bo- and high schools throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties tanical Gardens, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Florida during the school year. Studio Theatre, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Film Festival, How do we build Jewish and general community? Embracing Our Differences and more. Through trust and by cultivating relationships that will beneAdditionally, through our Federation programs or Fed- fit our Jewish community, our general community and Israel. eration-sponsored programs like the Jewish Film Festival Under the auspices of the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiaand Women’s Day, we provide opportunities for ALL mem- tive, our interfaith efforts, relationships with the faith-based

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Federation community and our ongoing communications efforts, we keep the community informed about issues relating to world Jewry, Israel, interfaith issues and human interest. Since 2012, The Federation has sponsored four Interfaith Missions to Israel with more than 70 faith-based leaders from Sarasota-Manatee participating. In addition, The Federation continues to work 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. How do we address the needs of Jews in our community and around the world? Through our relationship with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, we fund services for at-risk Jews in Sarasota-Manatee, including emergency rent and food assistance. We grant money to provide case workers for our aging Holocaust population to help with social services. Overseas, we work through our partners The Jewish

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Agency for Israel, World ORT and Joint Distribution Committee to provide food, shelter, home visits and medicine for aging Jews. Our Women’s Giving Circle and Overseas Granting Committee make grants directly to programs in Israel and around the world that are addressing critical needs, such as job training, food banks, support for single parents and more. The mission of our Federation is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel. It is our Federation’s communal role to be a connector to Jewish life; providing opportunities for Jewish and non-Jewish community members to encounter Jewish ideas, principles, practices and values; where individuals encounter Israel and explore the ideas of Jewish peoplehood; and a public square for convening important conversations both within the Jewish 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. We understand the diverse needs of our constituents and are devoted to actively engaging our community members in Jewish life through a variety of programs and outreach activities. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel. We fulfill our mission by: ÎÎ Providing food for the hungry ÎÎ Counseling the troubled ÎÎ Spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews ÎÎ Funding innovative Jewish education, outreach and continuity initiatives ÎÎ Bringing Jewish culture and history to our community at large ÎÎ Enhancing Holocaust education in the public school systems

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ÎÎ Advocating for Israel ÎÎ Fighting anti-Semitism Our Federation is in the best position to do the most good in the following ways: ÎÎ We help at-risk Jews – wherever they may be, including our extended Jewish family around the world, often the poorest of Jews ÎÎ We connect as many Jews as possible to Jewish life and enable them to find their own connections to our Jewish community ÎÎ We work to solve the problems and challenges facing the Jewish people We accomplish this through developing programs in our local Jewish community and by making grants to partner organizations around the globe. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents of Sarasota-Manatee. We expand our reach through strong

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Federation relationships with local cultural arts, civic, educational and faith-based organizations in order to share Israel and Jewish culture and history with the entire community. The Federation maintains an accepting attitude to new approaches and new organizations. We seek out alternatives for educational, religious, social and cultural programs in order to attract participation from all segments of SarasotaManatee. Our goal is for every Jew to find a place in our community. The Federation’s annual fundraising provides the necessary financial resources to fund the myriad of services, programs and activities to sustain, enhance and grow a strong and vital Jewish life. Founded on the principle of tikkun olam (making the world a better place), today’s Federation Campaign has evolved into a major fundraising, planning and coordinating body of Sarasota-Manatee’s Jewish community. Through your support of The Jewish Federation, you play a vital role in helping your community. Giving tzedakah (responsible philanthropy) to our Federation has its roots in early Jewish history. And today, it continues to demonstrate a love of community that is without limitation. At The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, we identify, evaluate and address Jewish community priorities with unparalleled commitment, passion and sensitivity. It is our responsibility to ensure that needs are met, to create a strong, more vibrant community in Sarasota-Manatee, and to foster and strengthen our connection to Jews in Israel and around the world. Here are just a few examples of how our Federation makes an impact in the worldwide Jewish community: Youth and Education ÎÎ Offering Israel travel subsidies for youth in Sarasota-Manatee ÎÎ Providing incentive grants for children and teens attending notfor-profit Jewish overnight camp ÎÎ Proudly disbursing more than $90,000 annually in scholarships for post-secondary education Jewish Safety Net ÎÎ Supplying direct staff funding to provide critical services to members of our Jewish community, including many Holocaust survi-

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vors, through Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast ÎÎ Funding need-based scholarships for students attending area religious schools ÎÎ Delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Sarasota Israel and Overseas ÎÎ Creating a connection to Jewish people in Israel through our relationship with Tel Mond, our sister city ÎÎ Raising awareness of issues that impact Israel through educational events, community rallies, partnerships with pro-Israel organizations and faith-based groups in Sarasota-Manatee, and the use of social media ÎÎ Providing food, medicine and home visits for at-risk, eldery Jews in the former Soviet Union Holocaust Awareness ÎÎ Our Holocaust Speakers Bureau offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust firsthand ÎÎ Sponsoring annual events to commemorate Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah, giving our community a venue to remember together ÎÎ Providing funds for teens to participate on the annual March of the Living Mission to Poland and Israel

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The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Through our outreach and engagement efforts, The Jewish Federation aims to increase the number of Jewish people actively and meaningfully engaged in the community. Be-

ing engaged in the Jewish community means participating in communal activities, interacting with others and feeling connected to the Jewish community locally and worldwide. We look at our Jewish community as a whole, without regard to denomination, marital status or personal Jewish history. At The Jewish Federation, we understand that engagement is vital for the future of the Jewish people. Every Jew has a place in our Sarasota-Manatee community and we are committed to find that place in order to allow our community to thrive. Each year, The Federation hosts numerous events, affording the community opportunities to gather, socialize, network and connect. Examples include: ÎÎ Women’s Day, sponsored by The Federation’s Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) division, takes place in December. The event attracts over 400 women of all ages with intellectually stimulating speakers and delicious food. Past speakers include Paula Abdul, Camryn Manheim, Campbell Brown and Linda Hooper. ÎÎ The Jewish Film Festival, held each year in March, showcases Jewish and Israeli-themed films with topics including Jewish culture, the Holocaust and more. ÎÎ Shabbat and Jewish holiday programs for all ages featuring music, food, Israeli dancing and more! The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Community Partnerships ÎÎ Our Federation brings extraordinary Jewish and Israelthemed cultural and educational events to SarasotaManatee through partnerships with Florida Studio Theatre, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. ÎÎ We believe deeply in the importance of interfaith initiatives to help build a strong and healthy community. As a result of the work of the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative, our Federation maintains strong relationships with the Sarasota and Manatee Ministerial Associations, Catholic Diocese, Sarasota Chapter of the NAACP, Unidos Now and hundreds of clergy throughout the area. ÎÎ Ongoing educational opportunities are the keys to combatting bigotry, racism, bullying and anti-Semitism. Federation partners with organizations such as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and Embracing Our Differences to raise awareness of, and work to address, these issues.

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is thrilled to be the Lead Sponsor of AT SELBY GARDENS Our • Federation FEBRUARY - &JULY 2017 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Jean Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series featuring Marc Chagall’s The Lovers, a 1937 painting on loan from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

JEAN AND ALFRED GOLDSTEIN EXHIBITION SERIES The painting focuses on the artist’s love of flowers and botanical images, yet also has great Jewish symbolism. For more information, visit selby.org

Our Federation is thrilled to be the Lead Sponsor of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series featuring Marc Chagall’s The Lovers, a 1937 painting on loan from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Connections2017

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Federation Virtual Communications

Federation reaches 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, online resources and lots more. The Federation’s blog, www. FederationBlog.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), and a weekly e-newsletter highlighting upcoming programs and current events, which reaches close to 10,000 households. To sign up for the weekly e-newsletter, 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

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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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service organizations, synagogues and Jewish day schools. In Sarasota-Manatee, the program is funded by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in order to secure the future of our Jewish community.

For more information, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.org.

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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. The Heller IAI also serves as The Federation’s Community Relations Council, conducting outreach within the Jewish and general communities, monitoring state and federal legislation and its effect on the Jewish community, promoting separation of religion from government and public

schools and more. The Heller IAI accomplishes its goals through educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public officials. Since 2014, the Heller IAI has been led by our Executive Committee, comprised of Jewish and Christian pro-Israel leaders in our community. For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow, Director of Community Relations at The Federation, at 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@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

FAST Initiative

The Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative stands with Israel and her people.

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ur FAST (Fighting Anti-Semitism Today) program aims to prepare a new generation of young adults to stand up and fight for true social justice while faced with hostile behavior in an environment meant for growth and education. The mission of the FAST initiative is to be the driving force within The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism by providing relevant information and experiences, both written and oral, to not only our Jewish constituents but to the broader community. Goals: ‹‹ To disseminate written materials and identify relevant experiences from appropriate sources via newsletters, emails, social media ‹‹ To train speakers to be knowledgeable and up to date on the subject of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to speak to synagogue, church and civic groups ‹‹ To identify opportunities for students to learn more about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism ‹‹ To collaborate and partner within the existing Federation structure to enhance our mission ‹‹ To build relationships in the community to develop advocates to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow, Director of Community Relations at The Federation, at 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@jfedsrq.org.

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Federation Overseas Grants

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he Overseas Grant committee received 89 grant applications totaling requests of more than 2.1 million dollars in 2016. The committee is overseen by co-chairs Nelle Miller and Steve Lewis, and has 15 very committed committee members who reviewed and discussed each request. With a total of $310,000 to disburse, the following are the organizations, programs and the amount of funds they received. ‹‹ Yad Ezra V’Shulamit - Weekly food distribution and food security for families. $15,000.00 ‹‹ The Jewish Agency for Israel – WINGS - Springboard to civilian life for lone immigrant soldiers. $15,000.00 ‹‹ American Friends of Leket Israel - Project Leket - Delivery Truck. $25,000.00 ‹‹ American Friends of Leket Israel Project Leket - Conveyer machine. $10,000.00

PJ Library helps families on their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six-months to eightyears. This program is completely free for families, thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and our incredible donors.

‹‹ The Jewish Agency for Israel Choosing Tomorrow - La’ad. $10,000.00 ‹‹ The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - Material relief for elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union. $25,000.00 ‹‹ NATAL - Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War - “Adopt a Family” emotional/psychological support to families. $15,000.00 ‹‹ ZAKA - Search and Rescue - To purchase emergency equipment for rescue volunteers in Jerusalem. $20,000.00 ‹‹ The Jewish Agency for Israel Youth Futures Sderot. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Orr Shalom - Safety net program for children & at-risk youth. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Chaverim, Israel Family Services, Inc. - Free Pharmacy Program. $15,000.00 ‹‹ Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. Postdoctoral research fellowship Negev, Israel. $10,000.00 ‹‹ The Jaffa Institute - Accompanying

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the elderly. $20,000.00 ‹‹ The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - Employment Assistance for Israelis with disabilities. $15,000.00 ‹‹ Hand in Hand - Growth and expansion of school in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Hand in Hand - Strengthening of Galilee School. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Hand in Hand - Amplifying shared society in Israel. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Yad Sarah - Medical equipment for free loans all across Israel. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Jerusalem College of Technology Education for Ethiopians at Jerusalem College. $10,000.00 ‹‹ Yashar LaChayal - Needy Soldier Supply Closet. $15,000.00 ‹‹ The Jewish Agency for Israel - Victims of Terror Fund. $30,000.00 For more information contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or jlisitza@ jfedsrq.org. You can also find information on The Federation’s website, www. jfedsrq.org, under the Get Help section.

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ederation’s Women’s Giving Circle, Ma’agal Nashim (Circle of Women), awards grants to organizations in Israel benefiting women and children. Now in its fourth year, the initiative has granted almost $85,000 and has helped thousands of people in need or at risk. Chaired by Ros Mazur, the Women’s Giving Circle is made up of women in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Its mission is “to practice tikkun olam (improving the world) through a circle of caring women in order to enhance the lives of Jewish women and children in Israel. Voting participation requires a minimum donation of $500 per year. Non-profit projects in Israel benefiting the lives of women and/or children are eligible to submit grant proposals for consideration. After the proposals are received, members of the Women’s Giving Circle review them and determine how to distribute the funds for the greatest impact. Women’s Giving Circle members are traveling to Israel March 26 - April 1, 2017, to see their funds at work firsthand. During this once-in-a-lifetime mission, they will meet with beneficiaries and the staff who work with them to see the results of the grants. The Women’s Giving Circle is “a place for women to explore how they can make a difference, and discover how our leadership and philanthropic passions can build a better and stronger world for women and children. As a group we will find the causes that stir our hearts and then devise plans of action to help,” said Ros Mazur. To join the Women’s Giving Circle or for more information, please contact Ilene Fox at The Federation at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.org.

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Melissa Howard Couvert will include reserved seating at the Len Mazur Memorial Concert/Opening Night of Violins of Hope following the dinner. Minimum gift of $6,000 to the 2017 development efforts of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is required.

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Questions? Contact Ilene Fox 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.org

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he Adult Education Committee of Temple Emanu-El invites all cinema aficionados in the community to spend select Sunday afternoons viewing outstanding Jewish films. In addition to the muchanticipated Summer Film Series, the temple screens films of contemporary Jewish interest on a bimonthly basis throughout the year. Past films have included The Other Son, Hava Negilah, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, Mamele and Journey to Justice. Expert speakers occasionally lead Q&A sessions or facilitate discussion after the films. For more information, please call 941.371.2788.

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See pages 121-128 for a calendar of community events covering January to June 2017

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ven in the midst of the unspeakable evil of the Holocaust, there was music. Music was a source of comfort, hope and resistance – a way for Jews to express themselves and prevent the Nazis from stripping them of their humanity. Amnon Weinstein, one of the world’s most respected violin makers, has dedicated his life to locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, so that they can give voice to the voiceless – their owners and the millions who perished at the hands of the Nazis. He calls these instruments the Violins of Hope, in the belief that where there was music, there was hope. February 1-16, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host Weinstein, his wife and his son, a fel-

Entertainment - Variety low luthier, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community – to hear these violins played and to experience the stories of their owners. The community will have numerous opportunities to experience the violins; as well, Amnon will take the violins to area high schools so that the next generation will have the opportunity to hear the stories as a vehicle to study the Holocaust. For a detailed list of community programs and to purchase tickets, visit www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope. Contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or jlisitza@jfedsrq.org with any questions.

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Ladino and Yiddish music, a touch of Broadway and opera. Chazzan Abramson earned his first graduate degree in theater from New York University and has performed on stage, film and television. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College, New York, in 2006 after completing a master’s degree in Sacred Music in 2005. In addition to Jewish music, Chazzan Abramson has also trained in classical music as a tenor and classical guitarist. His eclectic background is reflected in all he does. The performance will also include special guest musicians. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner. For ticket and dinner reservation information, visit www.SinaiSRQ.org or call 941.924.1802.

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“Spring Romance on the Piano.” This is a precious opportunity to spend Sunday afternoon with a true musical genius whose lifetime has been spent performing concerts from memory, first in Russia with her father, Boris, one of Russia’s top concert pianist; and then in Israel, where he also became a top concert pianist performing with his beloved Eleonora, who has given performances throughout the world. After her concert, Eleonora will greet her guests and sign her CDs and DVDs for sale that day. The event takes place at the Al Katz Center on Sunday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Donations greatly appreciated. For more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter.org.

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or the third year in a row, Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Social Action Committee will team up to sponsor a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. This spirited and meaningful event will be held on Sunday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be performing protest songs from the 1960s as well as giving dramatic readings from the speeches and writings of Dr. King. The program will be facilitated by Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director of the Troupe, and Reverend Charles McKenzie. For more information please contact Don Malawsky at 941.359.2890 or dmalawsky@msn.com.

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hether you are an experienced Israeli dancer or have never danced a hora, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood warmly invites you to fun and lively evenings of Israeli dancing! Temple Emanu-El member Kathy Rance facilitates these monthly programs of instruction, learning and, of course, dancing in a friendly and spirited environment. All are welcome. Israeli dancing sessions are free to Temple Emanu-El members, with a $5 donation requested for guests. For more information, including a schedule of Israeli dancing sessions, please call Kathy Rance at 941.223.6503.

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he series 92Y (formerly called the 92nd Street Y) from New York City is now in its 14th year at Temple Beth Israel of Longboat Key. This series brings interviews, lectures and commentary from speakers on various topics of current interest. Past speakers have been Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alan Alda, Jane Pauley, Mario Batali, Tony Blair and many other political figures and authors. The presentations are shown on Temple Beth Israel’s 8’x15’ screen, creating an engaging and stimulating experience. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Rabbi Sanford E. Saperstein Memo-

Entertainment - Variety rial Fund of Temple Beth Israel and the Charlotte P. Graver Fund, which is part of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The cost for nonmembers is $10 for advance reservations and $15 at the door. Reservations may be made by calling the temple office at 941.383.3428. There is no charge for Temple Beth Israel members. Consult the temple website at www. tbi-lbk.org for information regarding the schedule of dates and presenters.

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usic, spirit, joy and exaltation fill the sanctuary – and souls of worshippers – at magnificent Shabbat Alive! services held quarterly at Temple Emanu-El. Now in their eighth year, Temple

Emanu-El’s Shabbat Alive! services are part of an exciting trend sweeping congregations throughout North America. Shabbat Alive! is an all-musical celebration of Shabbat, featuring arrangements of the traditional prayers that range from serene and contemplative to stirring and inspiring to wild and rocking. A full band of professional and volunteer musicians and vocalists join Rabbi Brenner Glickman on the bima to bring this service to life. Composers whose works are performed include Debbie Friedman, Jeff Klepper, Cantor Lisa Levine, Louis Lewandowski, Rick Recht, Craig Taubman and Sol Zim. The next Shabbat Alive! services will be held Fridays, February 17 and April 28 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 941.371.2788.

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RT America supports literacy for every man, woman and child in the United States. ORT volunteers realize this goal. For many years, the local ORT chapters have had book clubs for their own intellectual stimulation. If you are interested in joining a warm group of people to discuss books, please call to reserve a spot. The GulfsidePalm ORT chapter has a Tuesday morning book club and a Wednesday morning book club. For information about the Tuesday morning book club, call Marcia Frankel at 941.928.4240. For information about the Wednesday morning book club, call Lila Feldman at 941.893.5432. The SaraMana ORT chapter has a Wednesday evening book club. For information, call Marsha Halpern at 941.907.3744.

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he community is warmly invited to join the avid readers of the new Jewish Book Club at Temple Emanu-El. The Jewish Book Club welcomes all those who are interested in reading current books about Jewish topics. The lively conversation takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in Temple Emanu-El’s newly refurbished Opher Library. Book club members decide on books to read and share in a thoughtful and interesting discussion. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788 or email the Temple Emanu-El Librarian at ShalomTEELibrarian@gmail.com.

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OS hosts a popular book discussion group that meets each month at Temple Sinai at 1:00 p.m. (members only). WOS meets annually in the spring to select titles that will be interesting reading and inevitably prompt thoughtful discussion. For information, contact Dobbie Linick, Book Club Coordinator, at 201.314.6962 or bookluvr1031@gmail. com. Upcoming books to be discussed: January 19: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah February 16: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferante March 16: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks May 18: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

emple Beth Sholom’s Idelson Library offers reviews on books that present unusual perspectives on the Jewish experience. The programs are held in the Band/Desenberg Chapel on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. Light refreshments are served in the Chapel Lobby. For more information, call Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554. Upcoming reviews: Wednesday, January 11: Bethamy Weinberger will review All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen and The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America by Joseph Berger. Wednesday, February 8: Harold Halpern will review Killing a King: The Assassination of Yizhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron.

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Scholar-in-Residence Paul Golin at Cong. for Humanistic Judaism March 4

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aul Golin, nationally-known advocate, writer, speaker and consultant, will speak about the most important issues facing the organized Jewish community today. “I am passionate about opening doors into Jewish connection and meaning for previously disenfranchised populations in our community including Jews like me, family members of other backgrounds, and non-believers who still find resonance in Jewish cul-

ture and history yet feel alienated from most synagogue settings,” said Paul. He was recently appointed Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (a movement founded by Rabbi Sherwin Wine over 50 years ago). The Society embraces a human centered philosophy combining rational thinking with a deep connection to the Jewish people and its

culture. It draws upon but goes beyond traditional symbols and liturgy. CHJ (an SHJ affiliated congregation) provides safe space for atheist and agnostic Jews, their family members of all backgrounds and allies, to continue to express and celebrate their Jewish identity. Paul will speak on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please email chjsarasota@hotmail.com, call 941.929.7771 or visit www.chjsarasota.org.

Dr. Steven Windmueller at Temple Emanu-El Jan. 27-28

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emple Emanu-El is proud to welcome Dr. Steven Windmueller as this year’s Scholar-in-Residence on January 27 and 28. The past Director of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, the Dean of Hebrew Union College’s Los

Angeles campus, and a professor of Jewish communal service, Dr. Windmueller is an expert in American Jewish affairs and political issues. His work is nationally syndicated, and he is a highly-regarded speaker, commentator and scholar.

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Dr. Windmueller will offer two presentations that are free and open to the community: a lecture during Shabbat services on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., and a talk on Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. His fascinating, engaging presentations will focus on the recent elections and political trends in the Jewish community. A light, delicious nosh will precede his talk Saturday. Dr. Windmueller’s Scholar-inResidence weekend is ably chaired by Wendy Barnet. For more information, please call 941.371.2788.

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abbi Jonah Dov Pesner represents the Reform Movement to Congress and the administration as the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He also serves as the senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice. Temple Beth Israel Speakers’ Committee is honored to present Rabbi Pesner January 27-29 as its Scholar-In-Residence. The weekend program entitled “Prophetic Judaism and Social Justice” consists of three captivating topics: 1. Erev Shabbat, January 27 at 8:00 p.m.: “Prophetic Power & Politics: How People of Faith Can Bring

Healing & Justice to Our World” 2. Shabbat, January 28 at 10:00 a.m.: Text Study: “The Exodus: The Master Story of Social Justice (Following the service and presentation, all in attendance are invited to a light lunch at TBI’s Shabbat Café)

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Together Across Religious and Historical Lines” (Reservations for the breakfast must be made, in advance, through the TBI Office) The weekend will provide the entire Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community the opportunity to sit together and engage in study and conversation with one of the Reform Movement’s outstanding scholars. The Scholar-InResidence weekend is funded by a grant of the Charlotte P. Graver Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. For more information, please call 941.383.3428.

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Federation Holocaust Programming For information on any of the programs on this Holocaust Survivors’ page, please contact Orna Nissan at The FederaLuncheons tion at 941.552.6305 or onissan@jfedsrq.org. Holocaust Speakers Bureau

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is committed to providing Holocaust education and awareness programs for our community. The Holocaust Speakers Bureau provides public and private school teachers the unique opportunity to expand their students’ Holocaust awareness by inviting survivors and/or their descendants to share accounts of their experiences with students.

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he Generations After group is an organization of descendants of Holocaust survivors whose mission is to raise awareness of the Holocaust and related issues, provide a 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, friends and the community. Information is available at www.generationafter.com.

Jewish Congregation of Venice Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Marci Vitkus welcome you to weekly Friday night services and Oneg Shabbat. We use the Reform prayer book, enhanced with vocal, choral and instrumental music. We embrace Jewish diversity, welcome Jews of all backgrounds, interfaith families, and anyone interested in Judaism. We offer Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation for children and adults; many social, cultural and educational activities all year; and volunteer opportunities for new interests and friendships.

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee hosts the annual Holocaust Survivors’ Luncheons. Traditionally held during Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Purim, the events bring more than 150 Holocaust survivors and their families together to remember and commemorate their journey of survival and their passion for life. These programs are in partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast.

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is sponsoring the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit from April 17 through May 27 at Selby Public Library, 1331 1st St., Sarasota. This exhibit is free and open to the public. The life story of Anne Frank is the centerpiece of this exhibition, reflecting world events prior to, during and after Nazi control. The exhibit juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family with images of historical events at the time to show how persecuted people such as the Franks were affected by political decisions and the actions of individuals. This exhibit allows visitors to consider the effects of prejudice, discrimination, hate and violence. Through the story of Anne Frank, visitors are encouraged to examine their own attitudes toward others. All who visit the exhibit will gain a better understanding of the Holocaust, World War II, and the impact these events have on today’s society.

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sponsors an annual Kristallnacht commemoration program. A multi-faceted, community-wide Yom HaShoah event is held annually at an area synagogue featuring readings, prayers and music.

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee provides for assistance and case management services for our local Holocaust survivors through Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast. Survivors receive help with locating available resources including restitution applications, social inclusion programs, and assistance with opportunities through The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. For more information about these services, contact Jan Alston at JFCS at 941.366.2224 x172 or jalston@jfcs-cares.org

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he Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida in Naples celebrates its th 16 anniversary in 2017. It has hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world. Mission The Museum’s mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Students and visitors alike learn that one person can make a difference by promoting positive change in their

homes and communities. Education Programs Since 2001, the Museum has helped educators comply with the Florida State mandate on teaching about the Holocaust through semi-annual professional development seminars, providing classroom-ready teaching materials and thoughtful, age-appropriate programming. To date, Museum Educators have taught in six Southwest Florida counties, impacting over 150,000 SWFL students, grades K-through college/ university level. In addition, the Boxcar Exhibit, on loan to the Museum from Jack and F.E. Nortman and The Boxcar Foundation, has served as the centerpiece of many community-wide events seen by approximately 90,000 people on its travels throughout SWFL.

Museum Exhibits and Special Events The Museum hosts both a permanent collection of artifacts, photographs and documents as well as special temporary exhibits throughout the year. Special events open to the community include film and discussions, lecture series, student activities, guest speaker and Holocaust survivor presentations. Location, Hours, Tours The Museum is located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, in Naples. It is open year-round Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed Mondays and major Jewish and U.S. holidays. Hours: January - April: Tuesdays-Fridays 12:30-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 1:004:00 p.m.; May-December: Tuesdays through Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m. School groups and private tours available by appointment. For more information, please visit www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org or call 239.263.9200.

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Exhibitions

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 pre-war life of Eastern Europe, through the events of the Holocaust. The final area presented is Lessons for Today, where visitors learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today. Located in the central atrium of the exhibition space and resting on railroad tracks from Treblinka is a Polish boxcar of the type used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other men, women and children to the killing centers.

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The Florida Holocaust Museum was instrumental in shaping and passing legislation to mandate Holocaust education in Florida public schools. More than 160,000 people have viewed the Museum’s permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions of art and history that change throughout the year. Twentyfive hundred teachers have received Holocaust education training from the

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he Community Remember Me Holocaust Fruit Tree Orchard Garden was developed on the campus of Temple Beth Sholom to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. It is supported by a lead donation from the Blumenthal Family Fund and Betty and Ed Rosenthal through the Marie Cohen Hadida Community Remember Me Orchard Fund at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and from individual families. To participate, a child’s name from the Yad Vashem database list of innocent children who perished in the Holocaust is selected, and a fruit-bearing tree is planted in the Orchard in remembrance of his or her plight. Churches and congregations are also encouraged to participate. The suggested voluntary donation is $36 to receive a name from the database. The actual cost of the tree, memorial plaque and upkeep is $180 per tree. Please call the temple office at 941.955.8121 to participate.

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a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows. MOSAIC, the permanent exhibition, 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.

Arts & Culture Jewish history time lines, films, Orovitz Museum Store, and a Collections and Research Center complete the experience, in addition to a full schedule of events and educational programs that complement the current exhibits. Annual programs include Florida Jewish History Month in January and Jewish American Heritage Month in May (both initiated by the Museum), Purim Gala, Judaica competitions and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards. Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Mondays and holidays. For more information: Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Director & Chief Curator 305.672.5044 x3180 or director@jewishmuseum.com www.jewishmuseum.com 301 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

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ark your calendar for 1:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of 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 the past and future. This season’s schedule: ‹‹ January 15: “Interpreting Your DNA Results” by Kathleen Callanan ‹‹ February 19: “Mapping Family Stories – Using Historical Maps to Illustrate and Better Understand Family Legends” by Mike Schwartz ‹‹ March 19: “Finding Your European Ancestor’s Hometown” by Mike Karsen ‹‹ April 16: “Getting Started with Genealogy on the Internet” by Leah Cook ‹‹ May 21:  “The History of Klezmer Music” by Baila Miller For more information, contact Kim Sheintal, President JGS of SWFL, at

Speakers/Lectures 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com. To learn more about JGS, visit www.jgsswf. org or www.facebook.com/JGSSWF/.

Following Rabbi Regev’s presentation on Saturday morning, everyone in attendance is invited to partake of a light lunch at TBI’s Shabbat Café. The TBI Kallah Scholar Weekend is made possible through a grant by Gerard Daniel in loving memory of his wife, Ruth Daniel.

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he Speakers Committee of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key is honored to present the 2017 Kallah Scholar, Rabbi Uri Regev, Founder and CEO of “Hiddush – For Freedom of Religion and Equality,” on March 24 and 25. The program theme is entitled “What is Happening in Israel Today: Israel’s Complex Ruling Coalition - Good or Bad News for Religious Freedom?” The two-part program starts on Friday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m. with “Israel Faces a Schism Between Its Radical Orthodox and Liberal-Secular Populations.” On Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m., Rabbi Regev will explore “Modern Liberal Jews Re-imagine the Future of Israel and the Jewish People.”

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n Friday, January 13 and Shabbat January 14, Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will host guest speaker Celm Soffer for a Cantorial Shabbat featuring a talk on “The Lost Jews of Egypt.” Journey with Clem Soffer as he takes you through his personal experiences of the destruction of the ancient Jewish community in Egypt. Friday night dinner and Shabbat luncheon will be served as well. For more information or to reserve, contact Chabad at 941.752.3030.

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sponsors the annual Women’s Day Luncheon, which 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. This event is held annually in December and has featured speakers such as Paula Abdul, Marlee Matlin, Camryn Manheim and Campbell Brown. For more information on the Women’s Day Luncheon, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.org.

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lub Fed is The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee’s Active Adult Chavurah group in Sarasota-Manatee. The group will host the lecture series “Jerusalem 3,000 years of Holiness” presented by Dr. Steven Derfler. “Ten measures of beauty were descended upon the world by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world Dr. Steven Derfler by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. This city is truly the foundation stone of the world’s great western religious traditions. For centuries, Jews, Christians and Moslems considered the Holy City to be the center of the known world. This four-part series will explore this incredible city, at first with an overview of its location and its geographical regions. It will then be analyzed from the perspective of each of the religious traditions. Lectures start at 10:00 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The cost for the entire series $18. Register online at www.jfedsrq.org/events or call 866.465.3995. Schedule: Tuesday, January 10: The nature of Jerusalem in its physical setting Tuesday, January 31: Jerusalem of Judaism Tuesday, February 21: Jerusalem of Christianity Tuesday, March 7: Jerusalem of Islam

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Yet, as soon as the guns fell silent on the battlefields of WWII, the cameras started rolling, documenting the atrocities discovered in the liberated Nazi death camps. No event in history has generated such a vast and varied filmography as the Holocaust. This lecture series will address a number of problems still debated in relation to the representation of the Holocaust in film. All lectures start at 10:30 a.m. on the Federation Campus Thu., January 5

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r. Thomas Hecht, Holocaust survivor and founder of the famed Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and Israel expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar bring their expertise in Israeli/Arab relations to the Al Katz Center in an illuminating lecture on radical Islam. For over 20 years, Dr. Hecht’s organization named after his dear friend, Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin, has advised every Israeli administration. Dr. Hecht has instituted wide-reaching Holocaust education programming in Canada and Israel. Dr. Kedar has served in Israeli intelligence for 25 years, and lectures on the Muslim religion and worldview based thereupon. Their insights and personal experiences are invaluable resources for anyone interested in the impacts of radical Islam upon today’s western world. The lecture takes place on Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, contact Dr. Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. For more information, visit www.alkatzcenter.org.

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n the 75th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference, when the Final Solution was finalized, Dr. Thomas Hecht, founder of the Begin-Sadat Center in Israel, will discuss “The Future of Holocaust Education.” The event begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20 at the Al Katz Center. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, contact Dr. Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. For more information, visit www.alkatzcenter.org.

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Violins of Hope – The Len Mazur Memorial Concert Featuring soloist Shlomo Mintz with live music provided by members of the Sarasota Orchestra Wednesday, February 1, 2017 • 8:00pm Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota $54.00 | $36.00 A Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes Opening by Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni Monday, February 6, 2017 • 7:00pm Riverview High School Auditorium Sponsored by Jewish National Fund $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Community Outreach Performance Featuring Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni Monday, February 13, 2017 • 7:00pm First United Methodist Church Sponsored by Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

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Community Outreach Performance Featuring Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 7:00pm Temple Beth Sholom Sponsored by The Mazur Family Fund $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 10:30am Temple Beth Israel Sponsored by Bob and Judy Vigder $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

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Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 941.351.8000 www.asolorep.org Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 941.366.9000 www.floridastudiotheatre.org Manatee Performing Arts Ctr. 502 3rd Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205 941.748.0111 manateeperformingartscenter.com

January 5 Steve Solomon’s two-time award-winning original show returns to the Van Wezel, new and improved and better than ever, and now one of the longestrunning one-man shows in Broadway history! Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with: the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget but can’t, all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon! www.vanwezel.org January 11 - 29 The internationally revived and multiple Tony Award-winning Sweet Char-

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ity is a quirky comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon that shares the ups and downs of the ever-hopeful taxi dancer named Charity Hope Valentine. Charity sings, dances laughs and cries her way through life as she searches for love. Hit songs include “Hey Big Spender,” “I Love To Cry At Weddings,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better than This.” This bright and sophisticated musical was made famous with a successful Broadway run and a film directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse. www.theplayers.org

Our 2017 shows include Sister Act | The Capitol Steps | Frost/Nixon Assisted Living: the Musical | Crazy For You Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone The Kingston Trio | Blood Brothers Inherit the Wind | Fences … and more!

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Live events at local theaters January 12 - 29 In 13 – the Musical, Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities. That is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to “Podunk” Appleton, Indiana. If Evan can’t get the coolest kids to come to his Bar Mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life? Watch as Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak. www.manateeperformingartscenter.com January 26 Spend the Night with Billy Crystal: Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director Billy Crystal promises a hilarious and intimate evening. “This show is unique. There’s stand up, and ‘sit down’

which gives me great freedom to tell stories, show film clips and talk about my life and career and the world as I see it,” said Crystal. “It’s loose, unpredictable and intimate. The most fun I’ve had on stage in a long time.” A stand-up comic turned television star, Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters such as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and Analyze This. He was much loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards, an achievement topped only by Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars 19 times. www.vanwezel.org February 7 Undeniably the reigning violin virtuoso with four Emmy Awards and 15 Grammy Awards, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, an exhibition hosted by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will be on display from February 12 through July 31. Included in the exhibition will be the masterwork painting The Lovers (1937), on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, along with two additional paintings loaned from a private collector that have not been publicly exhibited before. The paintings will be accompanied by the artist’s personal effects – including vases from his private home – along with a collection of archival photographs that chronicle Chagall’s life. Reproductions of Chagall’s natureinspired glass will also be on display among living plants. Accompanying cultural performances, special events, classes and lectures will be a part of the exhibition, which encourages visitors to use all five senses, immersing themselves in a dream world created by Chagall in his artwork. A full schedule of events will be updated frequently at www.selby.org.

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Arts & Culture Art & Estate Sales The Al & Sophia Jewish Public Estate and Katz Jewish Art Art Show Rummage Sale ome to the fourth annual Jewhe Seventh Annual Estate and Gallery ish Public Art Show on Sunday, Rummage Sale, sponsored by

A 9-11 memorial quilt made by local artist Susan Kohnstam is on display in a collection of her handmade quilts at The Al & Sophia Katz Jewish Art Gallery

March 5, hosted by the Al Katz Center in the Al & Sophia Katz Jewish Art Gallery. The show features stunning artworks by local Jewish artists in various mediums for viewing and purchase. All purchases help benefit the programs of the Al Katz Center, including public learning programs, advocacy for Israel and elders nationwide, concerts, workshops, and Israeli holiday observances. The show is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., an emotive concert of “Art Music” will be performed by world-renowned RussianIsraeli pianist Eleonora Lvov. Donations greatly appreciated. For more information, please call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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the Sisterhood and Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 8 and 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the synagogue. All proceeds of the event will benefit the charitable and educational programs of Brotherhood and Sisterhood as well as Temple Emanu-El Religious School. Items have been collected since the early fall and are noteworthy for their excellent quality. Attendees are sure to receive great bargains on indoor and outdoor furniture, kitchen supplies and appliances, toys, collectibles, tools, shoes and clothing, dishes, china, books, DVDs, and plenty of tchotchkes. The community is warmly invited to the event. For more information, please call 941.371.2788.

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Israel exclaimed, “It’s like being back in Israel!” In addition to local artworks, the gallery holds an aged Sephardic Torah and a Holocaust piano. A massive Ebgi copper-inlaid picture adorns the Jerusalem Room. Internationally-renowned Russian-Israeli pianist and recording artist Eleonora Lvov presents concerts throughout the year. Beautiful artworks from dozens of Jewish visual artists, authors and musicians are displayed year-round at Al Katz Center events and by appointment at 5710 Cortez Road in Bradenton’s Cortez Commons shopping center. Jo Ann Goldwater’s exquisite Florida wildlife photographs will be exhibited, with an opening reception on January 8. For more information, visit www. alkatzcenter.org or call Dr. Beverly Newman, Director, at 941.313.9239.

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he 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple Sinai will take place on Sunday, January 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Start with bagels and a schmear, and move right into all the traditional comfort foods like brisket, corned beef and matzoh ball soup. A large selection of delectable baked goods is also available. Admission is free. The event takes place rain or shine. You may eat in, or carry out is always a popular option. The day includes a Health Fair with displays from numerous health-related companies as well as a used book sale, and many craft and art vendors. This year’s event is sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Autumn of Sarasota, Graphic Jam, Furniture Warehouse, Sol Meyer, Volunteers at the 8th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sunshine Bank. WSRQ talk radio will be doing an on-site live broadcast. All Faiths Food Bank is the community partner and guests are encouraged to bring a canned good or non-perishable donation for them. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Enter off of Proctor (only) between Swift and Beneva. For more information, call 941.924.1802 or visit www.jewishfoodsrq.com.

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udaism and foods are inextricably intertwined from antiquity through the present. Dairy foods are traditionally served on Shavuot. The Al Katz Center is committed to the principle of feeding the body and Jewish soul with healthy kosher foods in order to enhance Jewish identity and safeguard human health. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. The food experience can be very relaxing, motivating and healthy. Enjoy good food, Israeli music and good conversation in an aesthetic setting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, contact Dr. Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. For more information, visit www.alkatzcenter.org. A Guide to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee


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o you love the taste of homebaked challah? Do you wish you had a recipe that you could prepare on a busy Friday afternoon? Are you seeking a way to make Shabbat more meaningful – and delicious? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” please consider yourself invited to Temple Emanu-El’s challahbaking workshop on Saturday, April 1. Participants will meet in the school kitchen at 10:30 a.m., when Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman will share her delicious challah recipe. You will have a great time mixing, kneading and braiding with old and new friends. We’ll also talk about the meaning of Shabbat and ways to bring the holiness and beauty of Shabbat into our busy lives. Limited spaces are available. Please

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he spirit of Passover and the beautiful rituals of the Seder will be celebrated in a unique Seder ceremony at Temple Emanu-El. On Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m., the temple Sisterhood will sponsor the synagogue’s second annual Women’s Seder. Highlighted by delicious Passover foods and structured around the traditional Seder meal, the Women’s Seder will once again feature special readings, songs, rituals, teachings, and opportunities for sharing and discussion. Participants will enjoy a unique and uplifting experience that celebrates the strengths, challenges and privileges of being a Jewish woman, and will leave the Seder with a new perspective on

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osher cooking evokes memories of savory matzah ball soup, aromatic kugels, cholent, chopped liver and more. The Kosher Cooking Competition will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Chabad’s third annual one-of-akind cooking competition and Tasting Party will feature a buffet, Master Chef competition and fabulous prizes. This event is open to men and women. For more information, please contact Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch at 941.752.3030.

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olf is the unifying theme for a community-wide event sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Temple Emanu-El. Scheduled for Sunday, March 26 at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The event is underwritten by BMW of Sarasota and Allegiant Financial Advisors/ Marty Kossoff. This special day of golf and lunch will raise monies for the Victims of Terror Fund in Israel as well as projects locally at Temple Emanu-El. The Victims of Terror Fund focuses on providing assistance to the families of Israelis who have been harmed in terrorist attacks so they can start the process of healing. This event is open to the first eighty people to register. The registration fee

Fun & Games, Fashion, Crafts includes golf and a luncheon buffet. Attendees may make their own foursomes and submit participants’ names online. For more information or to register, please visit www.sarasotatemple. org or email Mark Sharff at msharff@ gmail.com or Daryl Bayer at darmax@ tampabay.rr.com.

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he Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom is pleased to present its annual Fashion Show and silent auction. Join old friends and make new ones while sipping a glass of wine and browsing the amazing array of auction items. View the latest designer fashions presented by Femme Fatale by Ana Molinari while enjoying a delicious luncheon catered by Michael’s On East. Proceeds benefit the Sister-

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hood’s mission to provide scholarships and support the TBS Paver Religious School, summer camp and other children’s needs. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 15 at noon at Temple Beth Sholom. Couvert is $50 per person, payable to TBS Sisterhood. For further information, call Grace Goldstein at 941.366.4774.

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nder the direction of the Religious School Social Committee, Temple Emanu-El offers sports, games, campouts, classes and mitzvah projects to bring young families together. Activities include an intergenerational food-sorting project at All Faiths Food Bank, a toy drive for needy children, a family campout, Adult Sunday School, a Passover cooking class, and a wintertime bonfire Havdalah held at a private home, with a cookout, socializing for children and adults, and a chance to roast marshmallows. Rounding out the year are a Family Bowling Day, a family afternoon at a trampoline park, restaurant outings, Moms and Dads Nights Out, and other activities to help parents and children feel part of a vibrant and welcoming Jewish community. Activities are open to the public. For more information on these activities, please call the Social Committee Chair at 941.379.1997.

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nitters and crocheters who wish to use their talents to brighten the lives of others are warmly invited to join the monthly gatherings of Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Mitzvah Knitting Group. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the temple’s social hall. Participants socialize and chat while crafting blankets, caps and booties for babies. These handmade creations are donated to local groups serving needy families or to expectant mothers in Israel. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming group of good knitters. Newcomers are always welcome. Participants are asked to bring knitting needles or crochet hook and – if desired – a favorite pattern and yarn. Patterns and yarn will also be provided. For more information, please contact Mitzvah Knitting Group leader Susan Bernstein at susanhope22@com cast.net.

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ulfsidePalm ORT and SaraMana ORT Chapters present the “PasspORT to Fashion” luncheon on Sunday, April 23 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club. It will feature gourmet food choices, several vendor tables, prizes, disc jockey, and fashions by Dillard’s. Get your PasspORT to travel around the room to shop, eat and see fashions. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a boutique of vendors. The price is $54 per person. For more details, contact event chair Melissa Howard at 941.587.8166 or MFox80@hotmail.com.

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event on Thursday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy an all-day event including door prizes and fabulous food. A continental breakfast starts the morning. A variety of snacks and bottled water are available throughout the day, and a bountiful buffet lunch with delicious home-baked desserts are also included in the $30 per person registration fee. Bring your friends to play a game of your choice. Parking at Temple Sinai is limited. Please try to carpool with your friends. For additional information, contact Karen Reynolds at 941.321.7486. Please mail checks to Joan Goodis, 13023 Palermo Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211. Make your reservations early as last year’s event was sold out by December!

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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 two wonderful rabbis make Temple EmanuEl the vibrant center of Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. Temple Emanu-El’s Shabbat services are a perfect way to celebrate among friends. Spiritual, meaningful services are conducted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin, and the acclaimed Temple Choir. Monthly family services welcome all ages with lively music and worship. During the summer months, services are followed by relaxed, happy Shabbat dinners. Special services – including Veterans Shabbat, International Shabbat and the exhilarating musical Shabbat Alive! – are held throughout the year. With members from infants to seniors, Temple Emanu-El embraces all. Intergenerational programming creates

bonds across the generations. A wonderful slate of family programs – including Tot Shabbats and frequent special events – and a wonderful preschool and religious school help Jewish and interfaith parents instill a joyful, meaningful Jewish identity in their children. 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 cook-offs to family beach picnics, from getting-to-knowyou 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. When Rabbi Glickman first arrived at Temple Emanu-El, he was struck by the warmth and sincerity of its people. There was a sense of welcome and

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Temple Emanu-El Senior Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin

kindness he had never before experienced in a congregation. That is what Temple Emanu-El is all about. It is a Jewish home and family – and there is a place for everyone. TEMPLE EMANU-EL 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 • Telephone: 941.371.2788 • Email: info@sarasotatemple.org • Website: www.templeemanuelsarasota.org • Senior Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman • Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Services: Shabbat, holidays, family services, Tot Shabbat, Blessing of the Animals, Veterans Shabbat, International Shabbat, Shabbat Alive! • Special Programs: Holiday Celebrations, Preschool and Summer Camp, Religious School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Adult Education, Adult B’nai Mitzvah, Social Action, Mitzvah Day, Interfaith Programs, Tot Shabbat, Salons of Jewish Learning, Sisterhood, Brotherhood

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emple Beth Sholom is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. It is a full-service synagogue offering a variety of worship services. Everyone is welcome to find a spiritual home at Temple Beth Sholom. In July 2014, TBS welcomed Rabbi Michael Werbow as spiritual leader. His energy and warmth are contagious and spread through the whole Kehillah – the Temple community. He involves himself in every aspect of temple life as well as in Sarasota at large. 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. Beth Sholom is a Jewish cultural center, complete with religious school, adult educational offerings and cultural series, including Torah study classes, He-

brew discussion groups, book reviews and a film series. A kosher kitchen and room rentals are available. It has strong ties to the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, a Jewish preschool and day school on the Beth Sholom campus. Temple Beth Sholom offers a daily minyan, which is a perfect way to start the day – prayer, contemplation and social interaction! It meets every day, 365 days a year. Friday night services welcome the Shabbat through a combination of holiness, spirit, prayers, singing and learning that last about an hour. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by an Oneg Shabbat where congregants have the opportunity to socialize. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:00 a.m. and may include participation by B’nai Mitzvah students, individuals with special simchas, or guest lecturers. Each morning is followed by the Kehillah sitting down for lunch together. Many congregants can still be found schmoozing almost two hours later. A very active Sisterhood holds monthly general or fundraising programs in addition to managing the full-service Judaica Shop, supporting families during times of grief, and providing religious school and youth Temple youths sell groggers at the Purimshpiel scholarships. The Men’s to raise money for a local food bank Club supports the daily minyan and sponsors several undertakings throughout the year including the Passport to Israel scholarship program. There are many significant events that occur in Jewish life. You can rely on Temple Beth Sholom to share your greatest joys and to provide comfort in life’s most difficult times. The volunteer Kitchen Krewe comes together every week for camaraderie and to bake treats

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TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 1050 South Tuttle Avenue Sarasota, FL 34237 • Telephone: 941.955.8121 • Fax: 941.365.4099 • E-mail: info@templebethsholomfl.org • Website: www.templebethsholomfl.org • Rabbi Michael Werbow • Movement/Affiliation: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Youth Groups • Services: Daily Minyan 8:00 a.m. Sunday-Friday; Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 p.m.; Shabbat 9:00 a.m.; Shabbat Shaboom (newborn - grade 2) 10:30 a.m.; Youth Havurah (grades 3-7) 10:30 a.m. • Kosher Catering, Room Rental, Judaica Shop, Idelson Adult Library • Special Programs/Features: Paver Religious School, Adult Education, Film Series, Havurot, Scholar-in-Residence, Shabbat Dinners, Lifecycle Events, Torah Fund, Volunteer Opportunities, Social Action, Cemetery, Kosher Kitchen, Youth Programs: Chalutzim (grades 3-5) Kadima (grades 6-8) and USY (grades 9-12)

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eligious and secular Jews liv- gogue – as a house of prayer, a house ing along Florida’s Suncoast are of study, and a house of assembly. The blessed to have Temple Beth Men’s Club hosts a variety of programs, Israel (TBI) as their center for Jewish including lunches with the rabbi, a living and worship. Nestled in a quiet welcome back “Shalom Again” dinenclave on picturesque Longboat Key, ner in the fall, and an end-of-season TBI’s tranquil setting belies the high barbeque at the beach. The Sisterhood energy and constant activities taking (Beth Israel Women) sponsors holiday festival celebraplace just inside its tions like “Break the doors and beyond. Fast” on Yom KipWith Rabbi Stepur, an annual Chaphen L. Sniderman nukah dinner cooked as its spiritual leader, by the BIW women TBI welcomes all who (always sold out), a seek the inspiration Passover Seder, and of Jewish heritage. monthly Shabbat dinRabbi Sniderman is a ners as well. BIW also scholar of Jewish hishas a Book Club and tory and avid book a wonderful Judaica collector who has shop. joined the TBI family WOOO (Women after 41 years of pulRabbi Stephen L. Sniderman On Our Own) plans pit experience. His warm, friendly attitude goes a long way trips, classes and programs that empower, educate and entertain this group toward welcoming newcomers. As a Reform temple, TBI strives to of vital, active single women. In addifulfill the classic purposes of a syna- tion, they support the temple with a yearly contribution to the Leadership Circle. As a temple that loves to learn, TBI offers diverse educational programming through its Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism. It also has a renowned library which houses more than 4,000 books, videos and audio books, making it one of the largest temple libraries in the state. In addiNancy Cohen and Sylvia Pastor tion, the temple sponsors an outstand-

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ing Scholar-in-Residence and a Kallah scholar each year. Outreach is another fundamental part of TBI life. No matter where the need comes from – within the congregation, within the Jewish community or the secular community – you will find TBI members with open hands, open hearts and a willing spirit. 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 Stephen L. Sniderman • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Membership: 350 families • Organizations: Beth Israel Women, Men’s Club, Women On Our Own • Services: Shabbat eve 8:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. last Friday and all summer; Saturday morning 10:00 a.m. • Judaica Shop • Library • Special Programs: Adult Education, Adult Choir, 92Y Program, Book Discussion Group, Lunch with the Rabbi, Scholar-In-Residence, Kallah Scholar, Outreach, Social/ Cultural/Community Events

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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. Last summer, Temple Sinai welcomed Rabbi Michael Churgel and his family when Rabbi Geoff Huntting became its Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Churgel

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 ARJE-accredited Religious School facilitates exceptional learning for students and families including Consecration, Family Fun Days, Hebrew classes, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. ÎÎ Youth groups for grades 6-12 affiliated with NFTY. ÎÎ Lifelong 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 Scholarin-Residence weekend and special speakers throughout the year. ÎÎ Havurot that become extended family. The Women of Sinai (Sisterhood) and the Men’s Club sponsor a full calendar of social and meaningful events,

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and Chazzan Cliff Abramson encourage participatory worship for Shabbat and holiday services that blends uplifting Jewish music with contemporary liturgy. Monthly Rhythm & Jews Family Friday night services involve all ages in celebrating Shabbat, infused with lively music and joyous spirit. Temple Sinai offers something for

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TEMPLE SINAI 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.924.1802 • Fax: 941.925.2455 • Email: office@SinaiSRQ.org • Website: www.SinaiSRQ.org • Rabbi Michael Churgel • Chazzan Cliff Abramson • Rabbi Emeritus Geoff Huntting • 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: Jewish Food Festival, Lifelong Learning, Havurot, Social Action, Holiday Programs and Dinners, Religious/Hebrew School, Gift Memberships, Preschool, VPK, Summer Preschool Camp

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HJ is a lay congregation of people of all cultures, various religious or non-religious backgrounds, gender orientation, family configurations and ethnicities. Some are Jews by birth, some by choice and some non-Jewish. What unites its members is a common desire for enrichment by celebrating Jewish identity. Humanistic Jewish congregations address all aspects of Judaism, which is the culture of the Jew, and includes everything Jews have created for their lives: food, history, holidays, music, dance, services, religions, language and humor. Of the five recognized branches of Judaism, Humanistic Judaism is the only movement that reflects the beliefs of 44% of American Jews who identify themselves as secular. The philosophy underlying Humanistic Judaism has been part of Jewish life for more than 100 years and has included some of the most prominent

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Jewish people. This young, dynamic movement was established as an official branch of Judaism in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. The Sarasota CHJ was founded in 1996. In addition to congregations across the U.S., the movement is represented in 13 countries including Israel. Humanistic Jews believe that human experience and human needs are the source of ethical wisdom, and that empathy is the basis for morality. They believe that all Jews are members of the same big Jewish family with a shared history and culture but with a diversity of beliefs. CHJ celebrates Jewish holidays and festivals with meaningful traditions and music, and incorporates new inspirational elements which mesh with the Humanistic philosophy. Holidays root us in Jewish identity, create a sense of community, build bridges to the past and forge a connection to Jews throughout the world.

CHJ hold services (in English) twice each month and presents interesting and dynamic speakers. A wide variety of special interest groups from wine tasting to bike riding as well as Shabbat dinners enable members to meet in small groups. CHJ’s education programs will be presented throughout the season. The chorus is open to all members whether or not they read music or know the languages. CHJ’s mission is to meet the needs of all humanist, secular Jews as well as their non-Jewish partners and friends in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area. 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 Meets at: Unity 3023 Proctor Road Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.929.7771 • Website: www.chj-sarasota.org • Services: First Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.; Third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. • Special Programs: Jewish History Seminar, Adult Ed Programs, Sunsetters, Digital Imaging, Bike Riders, Wine Tasting Groups, Film Groups, Men’s Group

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A monthly luncheon series spotol HaNeshama is a warm, welcoming congregation whose lights individual members introducmembers come together in a ing themselves. Cozy Shabbat dinners casual setting for prayer, learning and in members’ homes take place twice a community. KH places equal emphasis year. Other calendar highlights include on intellect, knowledge and spiritual- festive parties at Chanukah and Purim, ity in embracing diverse approaches to a kosher congregational Seder, Erev contemporary Judaism and religious Rosh Hashanah dinner and a potluck expression. Break-the-Fast. Kol HaNeshama’s emphasis on KH celebrates Shabbat joyfully. learning prompts an annual One week’s uplifting, songScholar-in-Residence Shabfilled Kabbalat Shabbat albat. Scheduled for February ternates with the next week’s 3-4, this season’s event will more contemplative Saturfeature Rabbi Daniel Grossday morning, which includes man, on issues relating to prayer, song, Torah reading, “Judaism and the Disabled.” reflection, discussion and a The Larry Deutsch Mepotluck Kiddush luncheon. Pres. Regina Rand morial Torah Challenge enThe Reconstructionist Movement’s prayer book and the Con- courages traditional religious growth servative Movement’s Chumash serve by offering a contribution to the congregation to honor first-time Torah together as a framework for services. Members also share holidays, fes- readers. An up-to-date website and a weekly tivals, a variety of classes and a wide newsletter keep members informed range of activities. about synagogue happenings and offer links to broader Jewish news and Torah study. Jennifer Singer, who holds a master’s degree in JewThe South Gate Community Center, where most services and activities ish Education from take place, overlooks a serene, natural setting that enhances the joy the Jewish Theoand spirituality experienced at Kol HaNeshama logical Seminary,

serves KH as its spiritual leader. The congregation looks forward to honoring Jennifer at a gala brunch on Sunday, February 19 to mark her January 2017 ordination by the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a Spiritual Director and Rabbi. Kol HaNeshama invites participation by nonmembers. While they may arrive at KH as strangers, they usually return, soon after, as friends. CONGREGATION KOL HaNESHAMA Services are held at: South Gate Community Center 3145 Southgate Circle Sarasota, FL 34239 Mailing Address: Congregation Kol HaNeshama, P.O. Box 21655, Sarasota, FL 34376 • Telephone: 941.244.2042 • Email: info@congkh.org • Website: www.congkh.org • Spiritual Leader: Jennifer Singer • Movement/Affiliation: Post-Denominational • Services: Alternate Friday 6:00 p.m.; Shabbat 10:00 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education Classes, Social Action, Books & Bagels, Meditation Group, Film Group, Scholar-in-Residence, At-Home Shabbat Dinners

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emple Beth El, the Jewish Community Center and Congregation of Bradenton, is a Reform con­ gregation welcoming Jews of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, ages and levels of observance. The synagogue offers inspiring and participatory Erev Shabbat services, Shabbat morning services with participatory Torah learning, and a monthly “Erev Shabbat Live – A Musical Service.” It is a house of prayer for all people, fully embracing interfaith families. Spiritual leader Rabbi Michael Sternfield conducts all services with Cantorial soloist Deborah Polkinghorn Šuta. Among its other activities are: ‹‹ High Holy Days services that are

open to all without cost ‹‹ Monthly musical Havdalah dinners and programs ‹‹ International Jewish Film Series and dinners ‹‹ Monthly “Just for Fun” Jewish Comedies with Chinese Food ‹‹ Annual congregational Seder at the IMG Country Club ‹‹ Introduction to Judaism class ‹‹ Annual down­town Bradenton Chanukah Menorah lighting ‹‹ Shabbat Chanukah “Musical Menorah “service Education, community spirit and learning are Beth El’s priorities. The religious education program is designed for children from kindergarten through seventh grade and includes an innovative and individualized approach to Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Teachers infuse the arts and music into the program. The Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Social Activities Committee are integral parts of temple life. All hold many events that bring the community together for fun and friendship. Other outreach programs include (Front) Cantor Deborah Polkinghorn Suta, Rabbi Michael Sternfield, a year-round food bank (back) Robbie Taylor, Albert Rosenstein, Thomas Suta

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benefiting Meals on Wheels. Temple Beth El is proud to con­ tinue its rich congregational history while creating a new spirit in a wonderful new space to propel the synagogue into the future for genera­tions. TEMPLE BETH EL BRADENTON 4200 32nd Street West Bradenton, FL 34205 • Telephone: 941.755.4900 • E-Mail: tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com • Website: www.templebethelbradenton.com • Rabbi Michael Sternfield • Cantorial Soloist Deborah Suta • Cantor Emeritus Alan Cohn • Movement/Affiliation: Reform • Organizations: Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Social Activities Committee • Services: Erev Shabbat, Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Study, and all Holy Days and Holidays • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education, Religious/ Hebrew School, Community Outreach, Education Programs, Garden of Abraham Cemetery (located at Skyway Memorial Gardens); Hospital/Nursing Home Visits; Monthly Erev Shabbat “Shabbat Live” Service

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Lakewood Ranch in August 2004. They carried the Lubavitcher Rebbe, OBM’s message of unconditional love to every Jew. Today, Chabad boasts a multitude of programs, each geared to specific populations within the Jewish community. Chabad has weekly Friday night services as well as Shabbat morning services followed by a Kiddush Luncheon. Chabad’s thriving Hebrew

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School, CTeen and Babyccino programs service the growing young families in Manatee County. Chabad’s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Discovery Courses prepare children as they embark into Jewish adulthood. 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 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 Bukiet 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

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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, Ckids • Services: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Shabbat 9:30 a.m. • Library • Special Programs/Features: Hebrew School, Adult Education, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Babyccino, Camp Gan Israel, CTeen, Jewish Learning Institute, Teen & Youth Programming, Rosh Chodesh Society, Speaker’s Bureau, Sunshine Committee, Hospital and Nursing Home Visitations, Community Shabbat Dinners, Kitchen Koshering, Prison Visitations

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Congregation Ner Tamid The Top Seven Reasons to Join a Synagogue

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

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

intergenerational, diverse Jewish family. Interfaith? Non-traditional? Everyone is warmly welcomed. 3. Jewish Education Bradenton Adult Talmud Torah (BATT) brings topics of Jewish and community interest to the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Individual mentoring for Hebrew, religious education, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation make learning personal and relevant for all types and ages of students. 4. Bar and Bat Mitzvah for Children and Adults Girls and boys, women and men, are individually prepared to read from the Torah and lead services. There are equal Torah At College Shabbat, Rabbinic Associate Rena Morano honors for everyone – (at right) stands with honorees Jake Durshimer male, female, interfaith – and Jaclyn Durshimer

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CONGREGATION NER TAMID Lakeside South, 3817 40th Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 10261 Bradenton, FL 34282 • Telephone: 941.755.1231 • E-Mail: shalom@nertamidflorida.org • Website: www.nertamidflorida.org • Rabbinic Associate: Rena Morano • Rabbinic Advisor: Rabbi Barbara Aiello • Movement/Affiliation: Pluralistic • Services: Shabbat (2nd Friday of every month) and holidays • Special Programs/Features: Shabbat at Table, Potluck Dinner & Movie Nights, Havdalah, Community Passover Seder, Purim Extravaganza, Chanukah Around the World, Teen Shabbat, Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli Dinner & Dance, Bradenton Adult Talmud Torah (BATT), Social Action, Teen & Adult B’nai Mitzvah, Weddings, Baby Namings, Hospital Visits, Memorial Services, Funerals

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thriving, welcoming, and supportive congregation, Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch (KLWR) is founded on memorable services, diverse educational programs and tikkun olam – all bolstered by fellowship. Student Rabbi Ira Wiesner, J.D. leads evocative, participatory Shabbat services. An intimate setting enabled all devotees to intone meaningful prayers at the Ark during 5777 High Holiday services led by renowned Cantor Susanne Katchko. Inaugural events included a Sukkot service at the home of Marilyn and Marvin Abrams.

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Alternating Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services are preceded by a potluck dairy dinner or wine and cheese. Alternating Saturday Shabbat services include interactive, thought-provoking Torah study followed by a Kiddush.

October launched the 2016-2017 educational programs, starting another year of KLWR’s book club, when attendees reviewed Bruce Feiler’s Where G-d Was Born. Congregants and visitors also look forward to L’Chaim Mondays, which offers events ranging from music to Trivia Night to genealogy. Combining services and education has borne KLWR’s Scholar-in-Residence weekend, one of KLWR’s cornerstones. In February 2016, distinguished Rabbi Joel Mishkin led worshippers in prayers, posed challenging questions about the Parsha, and inspired insightful remarks about our ancestry. Personifying its commitment to tikkun olam, KLWR participated in the Community-Wide Mitzvah Day, serving as captains at nonprofit venues. Casseroles for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and volunteering at the Food Bank are ongoing examples of KLWR’s fervent adherence to Jewish values. All are welcome to join a vibrant community steeped in Jewish values and friendship. A dynamic spiritual leader and active members will help foster a critical Conservative presence in Lakewood Ranch.

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habad of West Bradenton recently opened its doors to service the local Jewish community. A center based on unconditional love for every Jew, no matter the age, interest or affiliation, it is a welcoming place for every Jew to feel at home. The center is headed by Rabbi Zev and Shaina Steinmetz, who are passionate about sharing the warmth of traditional Judaism with others. Chabad of West Bradenton offers an array of programs to suit every age. Services are held Friday nights followed

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KEHILLAH OF LAKEWOOD RANCH Services held at The Windsor 8220 Natures Way Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 110497 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 • Telephone: 941.281.2587 or 941.349.8604 • E-Mail: info@ kehillahoflakewoodranch.org • Website: www. kehillahoflakewoodranch.org • Spiritual Leader: Student Rabbi Ira Wiesner, J.D. • Movement/Affiliation: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Services: 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.; 2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m.; 4th Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; Wine and Cheese at 7:00 p.m. • Special Programs/Features: L’Chaim Mondays, Monthly Book Club, Social Action: Food Bank and Casseroles for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

by a Kiddush. Holidays are celebrated together with special programs. In addition to these communal programs, the rabbi and his wife are available for one-on-one learning individualized to your interests and needs. CHABAD OF WEST BRADENTON 3611 Southern Parkway W., Bradenton, FL 34205 • Telephone: 941.735.9049 • Email: ChabadofWestBradenton @gmail.com • Website: www. ChabadofWestBradenton.com

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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 Harold Caminker 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. The modern building houses a sanctuary, social hall, professionallystaffed 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. 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 Men’s Club welcomes everyone, especially the ladies, to a monthly Sunday morning program featuring a local speaker presenting subjects ranging from physics to genealogy, music to politics and more. A full breakfast is served. 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, a 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. For information and a full schedule of events, call Beata at 941.484.2022, visit www.jewishcongregationof venice. org or find us on Facebook.

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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.jewishcongregation ofvenice.org • Rabbi Harold Caminker • 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: Family Education Program, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep, Adult Education, Jewish Food Festival, Film Festival, Choir, Crafty Mavens, Yiddish Culture Center, Mitzvah Committee, Senior Outreach, Adult Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah Classes, Mah Jongg Tournaments, Pot-luck Shabbats

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habad of Venice and North Port is a warm and welcoming center serving Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn more about their Jewish roots. Jewish values are brought to life in a joyous, warm and non-judgmental atmosphere. The Center embodies Chabad’s philosophy that every human is dear and important to G-d. The Center offers a wide variety of spiritual and educational opportunities for all segments of the Jewish community. They include Adult Education classes, Teen Club, Chabad’s Hebrew School, Camp Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Jewish Women’s Circle, Movie Club, Chesed Food Program, Hospital/Home Visitation, Counseling, and a Jewish calendar which is distributed free of charge 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 entire Venice/North Port and Englewood communities, Community Passover Seders, and creative Purim and Shavuos celebrations. Chabad transforms Jewish holidays into expe-

riential opportunities for neighbors and friends to celebrate their common bonds without considering levels of observance, beliefs or knowledge.

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Shabbat services held each Saturday morning are traditional, conducted in a joyous and inviting atmosphere. The prayer book is bilingual, and English readings are incorporated into the service. Children are included and welcome, though separate children’s services are offered. In addition, an indepth Parsha class precedes the service. A large Kiddush/luncheon always follows the Saturday morning service. On March 6, 2016, Chabad of Ven-

ice broke ground for the Campus for Jewish Life & Learning. Together with the Youth Center, Chabad’s magnificent new  11,000 sq. ft. center will fittingly serve the expanding community of involved families and open the doors to the thousands more who wish to find  meaning and connection there. It will be a campus of lively learning and discovery that will be a source of pride for the entire Venice and North Port community. 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 is no mandatory membership or dues and the entire community is welcome. CHABAD OF VENICE AND 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 of the Arts, Adult Jewish Learning Institute, Adult Education Classes, Book Club, Shabbat Dinners, Holiday Programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, Teen Club, Gan Israel Summer Day Camp, Movie Club, Jewish Women’s Circle, Chesed Food Program, Counseling and Hospital/Home Visits

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ow it all began in North Port… In the early ’70s a number of Jewish families from the colder northern regions would come to Warm Mineral Springs in the North Port area to spend the winter season. Upon the notification of the death of a brother of one of these visitors, the man gathered a group of 10 men to say Kaddish. More people started to stay in the warmer climate year-round, and these founding families 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 Temple Beth El was a natural progression. Today, this small, but effective congregation observes the High Holy Days and

festivals throughout the year. The standing committees (Ritual, Membership, Fundraising and House) are made up of dedicated and vibrant volunteers. They pride themselves on being warm, welcoming, inclusive, egalitarian, nurturing and supportive. Congregants come from all parts of the world and have various backgrounds in Judaism. 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 12711 Tamiami Trail, South North Port, FL 34287 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7068, North Port, FL 34290 • Telephone: 941.423.0300 • Email: admin@templebethel northport.org AND president@templebethel-np.org • Website: www.templebethelnorthport.org • Movement/Affiliation: Conservative/United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism • Services: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. • Special Programs/Features: Adult Education, Holiday Programs, Shabbat Dinners

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ynagogue Council is a consortium of eleven area congregations that work together to develop and maintain relationships, foster communication, and coordinate programs and events among themselves and within the Jewish community. Their efforts strive to strengthen the Jewish community

and encourage affiliation. The participating members of the Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee represent various denominations and sizes. They are (in alphabetical order) Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Congregation Ner Tamid, Jewish Congregation of Venice, Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch, Temple Beth El (Bradenton), Temple Beth El (North Port), Temple Beth Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sinai. For many years, Synagogue Council had sponsored an annual Community-Wide Open House that traditionSynagogue Council Board: Steven Leavitt, Treasurer; ally took place prior to Brenda Schimmel, Secretary; Kathy Brooks, President; David Weiss, Vice President the High Holidays. The

Council has hosted nationally-recognized speakers as well as a successful Leadership Workshop for synagogue board members. Last year, the Council coordinated the area’s first CommunityWide Mitzvah Day. Ten area agencies and organizations in the two-county area had helping hands from over 230 volunteers of all ages participating in a variety of projects. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee supported this day to help ensure its success. For more information about the Council, please contact Kathy Brooks at 941.383.0975 or kbrks@comcast. net. For the addresses of the congregations, visit www.synagoguessarasota manatee.org.

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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 ages 2-5; registration is President Dr. Herman ongoing throughout the Weber and Board memyear. bers, Chabad fufills the The men’s club (Club vision of the Lubavitcher 770) and N’shei Chabad Rebbe to love every Women provide an array Jew, educate every Jew of social and educational Sara and Rabbi Chaim and reach out to evprogramming. Steinmetz ery Jew, regardless of Throughout the year, background. Chabad provides numerous holiday Shabbat services are held Fri- observances, including High Holiday days at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at services, Sukkot and Simchat Torah 10:00 a.m. A delectable Oneg Shab- festivities, A Taste of Chanukah, Lag bat follows each service. Daily B’Omer beach party, and creative PuMinyanim are held at 8:00 a.m.  rim and Shavuot celebrations.  Chabad offers a variety of eduIn addition, Chabad has created cational opportunities for adults and and implemented programs that serve children. For adults, the Jewish Learn- the community at large, including ing Institute (JLI) annually provides family/individual counseling, hospital visitation, the Jewish Art Calendar (distributed free of charge to the entire community), Camp Gan Israel, Chevra Kadisha for Jewish burial, the Chabad Gardens Cemetery, free mezuzah check-up and placement,

and a women’s community Mikvah. All are welcome to join any of Chabad’s services or programs. Membership is NOT required. Chabad of Sarasota is a place where all Jews are family. CHABAD OF SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES 7700 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 • Telephone: 941.925.0770 • E-Mail: info@chabadofsarasota.com • Website: www.chabadofsarasota.com • Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz • President: Dr. Herman Weber • 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: Preschool, Religious School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, Camp Gan Israel, Jewish Learning Institute, Sisterhood, Kosher Catering, Wednesday Morning Kabbalah, Free Mezuzah Placement/Check-Up, Hospital and Nursing Home Visitations, Chevrah Kadisha, Tuesday Night Cafe Maish, A Taste of Chanukah

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oday, Jewish people from all over the United States and many foreign countries come to Sarasota and Manatee counties. But the history of Jews in Sarasota-Manatee is only 100 years old. In 1909, the first Jewish person settled in Sarasota-Manatee. (See an update to this article on page 64.) By 1955, there were 450 Jewish people living in Sarasota-Manatee. Today, there are approximately 25,000 Jews in Sarasota-Manatee (plus 5,000 seasonal residents). Jews have never been more than 5% of the Sarasota-Manatee population.

The first acknowledged Jew here was Phillip Levy. He came to Baltimore from Lithuania to live with his brothers when he was 14 years old. Soon they established a wholesale clothing business in New York City. In 1913, Levy moved to Sarasota, seeking a milder climate. He started the New York Store on Main Street in Sarasota. He is credited with having introduced modern merchandising methods into downtown. His other accomplishments include: one of the first presidents of the Sarasota Merchant Association; helped organize the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1920; one of the lead-

ers who led to the creation of Sarasota County in 1921. Levy was instrumental in the building of Sarasota Hospital, which opened in 1925 on Hawthorne St. with 32 beds. He met Cecelia Tarapani on a visit to Tarpon Springs, and they married in 1914. Their daughter Deborah, born in November 1915, was the first recorded Jewish person born in Sarasota-Manatee. In 1930, Mack Brameister and his wife Eva and their children Sarah, Nathan and Herman moved to Palmetto from New Jersey and opened a grocery store. His brother Frank was already in Palmetto. They both moved to Palmetto for the warm weather and the opportunity to open a business without much capital. Sarah Brameister Nelson was three when she came to Palmetto with her parents and brothers from Cuba. The family spoke only Yiddish and Spanish when they arrived.

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Phillip Levy, circa 1922. Phillip Levy (left) was one of Sarasota’s premier merchants. Upon moving to Sarasota in 1913, he was the first acknowledged Jewish person living in Sarasota-Manatee.

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Community History Those early Jewish settlers came for the same reason people of all faiths come today. Sarasota-Manatee is paradise. Siesta Key was recently ranked the #1 beach in the country by America’s foremost beach expert, Dr. Stephen Leatherman. Sarasota ranked in the top ten Great Waterfronts to Visit in North America by USA Today in 2013. Anna Maria Island was selected in 2013 as the #4 best U.S. island vacation destination by TripAdvisor.com’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. But Sarasota-Manatee is more than sunny weather and beautiful beaches. With help from many of the talented and generous Jewish people in Sarasota-Manatee, this area has developed a wonderful reputation for the arts, medical care, and circus tradition. In 2012, Sarasota was ranked #1 on American Style magazine’s list of the “25 Best Arts Destinations,” with populations

of 100,000 or less, and Bradenton was ranked #2. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is among just 3 percent of the nation’s hospitals to earn its spot on the list of 50 Best Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 “Best Hospitals” list. Sarasota has been associated with being a circus town since 1927. According to the Sarasota Visitor’s Bureau website: “Performing arts of all kinds thrive in Sarasota, from the Sarasota Opera (now in its 53rd season – staged in an intimate art deco opera house in downtown Sarasota) to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation-designed Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which hosts traveling shows ranging from musical acts to Broadway revivals. The Sarasota Orchestra is the oldest continuing orchestra in the state, while the Sarasota Ballet has featured several world premieres under the direction of internationally-famed Iain Webb.”

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Let’s look at that quote more carefully with a Jewish perspective on these four places. ‹‹ Sarasota Opera House was designed by Jewish architect Roy A. Benjamin. The orchestra pit is named the Alisa and Ernest Kretzmer Orchestra Pit. ‹‹ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was named after Jewish philanthropists Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel, who moved to Lido Key in 1935. ‹‹ The Sarasota Orchestra (formerly known as the Florida West Coast Symphony) was co-founded by David Cohen, considered one of the most admired and respected Jews from this area. He arrived in 1948 from Petosky, Michigan. Cohen was Sarasota’s first Jewish mayor. ‹‹ The Sarasota Ballet has had an impressive number of Jewish board members including the top four:

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Community History Sydney Goldstein, who is board chair emerita; Marvin Danto, who passed away a few years ago and was a lifetime director of the Sarasota Ballet Board; Jean Weidner Goldstein, founder and former chair of the Sarasota Ballet, who is married to Jewish philanthropist Alfred Goldstein; and Hillary Steele, who is the current chair of the Ballet Board Ever since the 1920s, many of the artists, actors, musicians and writers associated with the region were Jews. Sarasota-Manatee includes some of the finest physicians in the country and is the site of internationally significant medical research. If you look at the list of top physicians in our area, you will find many Jewish doctors. In 1949, Dr. Samuel Kaplan became the first Jewish physician between Tampa and Miami. In 1957, he was the first Jewish President of the Sarasota Medical Association. Dr. Marvin Silver, an internist and cardiologist, became the first Jewish doctor in Manatee County, soon after he moved to Bradenton in 1954. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus moved its winter quarters to Sarasota in 1927 and to Venice in 1960. In 1967, Irvin Feld, who is Jewish, bought the Circus; in 1968, he created Clown College. Several Jewish clowns performed in the circus. Nate Eagle was an agent for little people. Jacob Erlich was a circus giant. Richard Fuchs, employed by John Ringling during the 1920s and 1930s, was one of the incorporators of the Ringling Museum. The circus left in 1992, but recently the circus attention has come back to our area. Recently, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus moved to Ellenton in Manatee County. This is the global headquarters for Feld Entertainment, now run by Irvin Feld’s son, Kenneth, and his three daughters. The Jewish Community Center of Sarasota, the first Jewish congregation in Sarasota-Manatee, was established

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in 1925. Temple Beth Sholom, the oldest existing congregation in SarasotaManatee, was officially formed in 1927, when those interested in forming a congregation with its own building raised money by solicitations, fundraisers and bond sales. Land on Washington Boulevard and 12th Street (today’s 6th Street) in Sarasota was donated by the city. The property had been foreclosed for non-payment of taxes and thought to have been of little value. In 1928,

Temple Beth Sholom at Washington Boulevard and Twelfth Street circa 1956. (Courtesy State Archives of Florida)

Temple Beth Sholom held Rosh Hashanah services in its new building. In 1953, the synagogue was extensively renovated, and in 1959, Temple Beth Sholom moved to Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota with a sanctuary and education center. In order of formation, SarasotaManatee is now home to Temple Beth Sholom (Sarasota, Conservative), Temple Emanu-El (Sarasota, Reform), Temple Beth El (Bradenton, Reform), Temple Beth El (North Port, Conservative), Temple Beth Israel (Longboat Key, Reform), Jewish Congregation of Venice (unaffiliated), Chabad of Sarasota, Temple Sinai (Sarasota, Reform), Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Sarasota-Manatee, Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, Congregation Ner Tamid (Bradenton, pluralistic), Chabad of Venice and North Port, Congregation Kol HaNeshama (Sarasota, Reconstructionist), and the Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch (Conservative). Most of the Jewish organizations in Sarasota-Manatee started after World War II. By the time the Sarasota Jewish Community Council (precursor of The

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Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee) was formed in 1959, the local Jewish population had become quite visible and was an important part of the Sarasota-Manatee community. Jewish Federation leaders and Jewish community donors helped establish three partner agencies: Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee (1984 to present), Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council (1988 to present), and the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Center (1989-2007). The Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council fulfilled a longtime community dream in 1993, with the opening of Kobernick House, an independent rental retirement residence, and in 1997, with the opening of Anchin Pavilion, an assisted living facility, and in 2012, with the opening of Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In 1971, Sam Marcus founded the Chronicle, Sarasota-Manatee’s first Jewish newspaper. The name was changed to Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News in October 2003 and then to The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee in December 2009. Look around Sarasota-Manatee

Simon Rosin Bar Mitzvah, circa 1955. Simon Rosin’s Bar Mitzvah service was at Temple Beth Sholom when it was located on Washington Boulevard in Sarasota. Rabbi Joseph Asher, rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom from 1951 to 1956, officiated at Simon’s Bar Mitzvah. Simon moved to Sarasota in 1951 from Arcadia with his parents and brothers. In 1905, Simon’s grandfather settled in Arcadia.

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Community History and you will see many Jewish names on buildings and in parks, including the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, David Cohen Hall, Florida Studio Theatre’s three theatres (Gompertz Theater, Goldstein Cabaret, and Keating Mainstage), Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Nathan Benderson Park, and Paver Park. Many Jewish names appear on rooms at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Ringling College of Art and Design, New College, University of South Florida, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Art Center Sarasota. Many streets in Sarasota bear the name of Jewish residents, such as Cohen Way (named for David Cohen), Kalin Way (named for Ed Kalin), and streets in Paver Park and Kensington Park named after prominent locals and relatives of the developers.

The Jewish people worked hard and contributed enormously to the success and quality of life in the region. They helped Sarasota-Manatee become the popular tourist and cultural destination it is today. Many thanks to Kim Sheintal for providing the information for this article. Kim’s book, Jews of Sarasota-Manatee, will introduce you to some of the people in the article, along with their accomplishments and experiences in building today’s vibrant local Jewish community from its meager beginning. Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Price: $21.99 128 pages and 212 photos Available at Arcadia Publishing, Bookstore1Sarasota, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Temple Emanu-El.

Lido Beach Casino, circa 1960. From left to right are Emil “Sonny,” Fred and Pauline Schonberg. Pauline’s parents, Anne (in chair) and Sam Marcus, rented the cabana at the casino for $25 per year. In 1971, Sam founded the Chronicle, SarasotaManatee’s first Jewish newspaper.

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Jews of Sarasota-Manatee – an update

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very life is full of twists and turns, some the result of conscious – or unconscious – decisions the individual makes, and others brought about by accident – or destiny, if you believe in fate. In my efforts to learn more about the history of Jews in Sarasota-Manatee – the subject of the book, Jews of Sarasota-Manatee, I wrote in 2012 – I’ve learned that the historian’s path is also full of twists and turns, leading me in unexpected directions and often to surprising facts and insights. That was certainly the case as I struggled to pin down the most basic fact imaginable about local Jewish history: When did a Jewish person first arrive here? Sources I used for my book led me to believe that the first Jewish person in the two-county region settled in Sarasota in 1913. And that’s what I thought until I met Phyllis, a woman who happened to be visiting the Manatee

County Public Library in downtown Bradenton when I was doing research there on May 18, 2013. Phyllis is not Jewish. We talked about local history and I told her of my interest in Sarasota-Manatee Jewish history. She shared a story about a marker she saw while at Emerson Point Park in Palmetto. At Emerson Point Park, the history of many of the people that lived there is written on markers on the top of an old Indian mound. On one marker, Phyllis read about a Palmetto woman who was Jewish and had owned a candy store in Chicago with her husband, who was not Jewish. She read that the couple drowned in a river in Palmetto. For almost a year, I tried to find out the name of the couple and when they lived in Palmetto, but I had no success until January 2014. On January 19, 2014, I attended a Sarasota Jewish Chorale performance directed by Linda Tucker. Linda – who is not Jewish – is from Palmetto. I asked her if she ever heard of a Jewish woman in PalVIOLINS of HOPE metto who drowned in a river. Linda did not know about this ANNE FRANK – woman, but suggested I ask her mother, Lenore EWCOMERS Stewart, who loves Palmetto history. Lenore ECEPTION put me in touch with Wednesday, January 4 • 5:00-7:00 pm a man named Ken. Although Ken is not Jewish, he knew much New to the area? New to Federation? about Palmetto history You are invited to a Newcomers Reception and solved the mystery • Connect with other members of the Jewish community about the couple who • This event is FREE, but reservations are required ___ Space is limited ___ drowned in the river. C o -C hairs : s aranee n ewman and F remajane w olFson Peter Marine marRSVP via jfedsrq.org/events or Ilene Fox ried Golden Fonseca 941.343.2111 | ifox@jfedsrq.org on December 21, 1887 in Boston. Peter was born in Spain in 1852 jfedsrq.org and was not Jewish. MARC CHAGALL

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His wife was born in the Boston area in 1860 and was Jewish. Her parents were from London, England. Peter and Golden moved from Boston to Chicago. In 1909, they moved from Chicago to Palmetto. While living in Chicago, they started Marine Candy Company and sold it to Fanny Farmer Candy Company in 1900. On January 8, 1910, Peter and Golden purchased an Indian mound and the adjoining 363 acres in Palmetto. The land the Marine family had on Palmetto’s Snead Island is now called Emerson Point Park. To enhance his land, Peter planted parallel rows of royal palms from the base of the mound almost to the river’s edge. He raised tomatoes and peppers with his son, Lincoln Marine. On August 24, 1922, Lincoln returned home at noon to find the meal on the table but no one home. Knowing that his parents took a short swim in the Manatee River each day, he ran down the palm-lined lane to the river bank and found his father’s body floating on the water. Golden was struggling to stay afloat, and Lincoln went to get help. When he returned with a neighbor, his mother had disappeared. Her body was found at the bottom of the river. According to a book by the Florida Historical Society, Peter drowned while trying to save Golden, who got into some sort of distress while swimming. But a newspaper clipping from the time reports that there were no witnesses to their drowning. The mystery as to who was possibly the first Jewish person to settle in Sarasota-Manatee was discovered with the help of a non-Jewish lady visiting the Manatee County Public Library and a non-Jewish man interested in Palmetto history.

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RT is the Jewish organization meeting the world’s educational needs since 1880. With a presence in over 50 countries, the ORT network educates and trains more than 300,000 students annually. The ORT legacy is over 135 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-

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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 programs provide talented students, many from at-risk households, with the best possible educational preparation, social services and tuition assistance to remain in

2016-2017 Heller IAI Event You don’t want to miss this important discussion with

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer

Join us for an informative and educational event about the relationship between Israel and the United Nations. International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist, Hillel C. Neuer, the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland, will tell us about the biases that he witnesses within the UN everyday.

Thursday, Jan. 19 • 7-9pm

Hillel Neuer

Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota

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Shmuel Sisso, Director General and CEO of Word ORT, in Lakewood Ranch with Suzanne Crandall, Melissa Howard and Leah Siskin, Advancement Director, State of Florida

school and break the cycle of poverty, while maintaining the culture and heritage of the Jewish people. Locally, there are over 600 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 joint-chapter fundraisers are holiday gift wrapping at Westfield Sarasota Square, Fashion Show Luncheon, and Game Day. For more information about local ORT America Chapters: Marlies Gluck, Area Development Advisor, 941.371.5522 or jrgranny@aol.com Kim Sheintal, Area Development Advisor, 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com Judy Weinstein, Area Development Advisor, 941.739.2244 or judithwein@aol.com Florida Region, ORT America, 888.802.6088, 777 Yamato Road, Suite 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (Leah B. Siskin, Advancement Director, State of Florida)

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adassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, and youth in Israel and America, through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity. Hadassah’s history began with Henrietta Szold in 1912 and the trip to desolate pre-State Israel that profoundly affected her. The results of her

“practical Zionism” can be seen today in Hadassah’s two world-class medical centers – one in Jerusalem, the other the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Ein Kerem with its five floors and twenty operating rooms underground. The SaBra Chapter has, over nearly twenty-six years, grown to its current 900+ members. Meetings and events include updates on Hadassah’s work, including Medical Research and Gender Equal Medicine, and Youth Aliyah, as well as ongoing opportunities to be involved in its programs. The men’s group, the Hadassah Associates, is also committed to making a difference through innovative activities and projects. For more information: Susan Prohofsky, President suepro2861@yahoo.com or 941.404.6636 www.hadassah.org

Every Woman Matters Here! 100% OF FUNDS GO TOWARDS OUR MISSION! The Women’s Giving Circle

“Ma’agal Nashim” is a giving circle that empowers women as funders, decision makers and agents of change. Each member contributes the same amount, and has an equal voice in directing the funds. By becoming a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, you improve the lives of women and children in Israel through the power of collective philanthropy. Since its start in 2014, we have distributed more than $88,000 in grants to nonprofits in Israel that help women and children of all backgrounds live safer, healthier and more meaningful lives through:

• Fighting domestic violence • Improving women’s health and nutrition • Providing shelter to vulnerable children • Protecting at-risk seniors with nowhere else to turn Choose where your dollar goes, and experience the power of collective philanthropy. Your voice will be heard, and you will have a direct impact on issues that matter to you.

Become a member today, and join a group of women in the Sarasota-Manatee area who are making a difference in Israel.

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Debbie Sanford 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

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or the last seventeen years, the 30-member Sarasota Jewish Chorale has delighted audiences with its skillful program planning, bringing inspirational music to the SarasotaManatee listening community. Popular with area organizations, the Chorale provides entertainment for local synagogues and retirement homes, and educational programming for schools. The troupe performs annually at Yom HaShoah programs sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. They appear regularly at The Federation’s Kristallnacht services. As ambassadors of Jewish culture through the unique power of music,

Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

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ENTERTAINMENT Albanian Heritage Foundation of Tampa Dancing Group EAGLES will perform traditional Albanian dances.

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the choir presents a diverse repertoire of Jewish music from early compositions of Renaissance composer Solomon Rossi to contemporary composers such as Debbie Friedman and Michael Isaacson. Modern Israeli tunes, African Jewish tribal music, Ladino folk songs and beloved Yiddish songs are all part of its repertoire. Frequently requested by organizations is the original cantata “Esther’s Story” written by two members of the Chorale. As the Chorale approaches its “Chai” (18th) year, plans are underway to celebrate the successful dream of its Founders. Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., October through April. For more information: Ronnie Riceberg, 508.942.1479 www.sarasotajewishchorale.org

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Special Interest Groups An evolving new project addresses National Council the issue of Human Trafficking. Southof Jewish Women ern Florida and the Bay Area rank third

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ational Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the oldest volunteer Jewish women’s organization in the United States, has a history of community service and advocacy since 1893. Its members have been at the forefront of social change and have made a difference in our communities by daring to change the status quo. The Sarasota-Manatee Section, chartered in 1979, is proud of its local community service projects that embrace NCJW’s mission to improve the quality of life for women, children and families and to safeguard individual rights and freedoms. The Teen Dating Violence project presents a film followed by a discussion on dating behaviors.

in the country for the number of vulnerable victims, particularly children as young as 12. NCJW is partnering with The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee on Tuesday, January 10 for a community program on this subject. The Section continues to support H.I.P.P.Y. (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters). There are two puppet programs: “Someone to Talk To” teaches first graders to identify abusive situations and seek help; “Being Different is OK” teaches diversity to preschoolers. NCJW’s volunteers continue to conduct vision and hearing screenings for school children. An ongoing project makes “snuggly” blankets distributed to

Organizations adults undergoing cancer treatments, children in the HIPPY program, and residents in senior living facilities. Each year, our section and generous donors give numerous scholarships to non-traditional students who have chosen to go back to school to improve their lives and the lives of their families. NCJW’s annual Women in Power luncheon (Wednesday, January 18) honors deserving women who have made a difference in our community. This year’s honorees are KT Curran, Sue Jacobson, Dr. Lisa Merritt and Bunny Skirboll. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September to May featuring noted speakers. For more information or to join: NCJW’s 24-hour hotline number: 941.342.1855 www.ncjwsarasota-manatee.org P.O. Box 3641, Sarasota, FL 34230

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Organizations Club Fed – An Active Adult Chavurah

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n response to requests from many of our Jewish active adults, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee coordinates social activities that are fun, interactive and stimulating. Club Fed events include on-campus games and a lecture series on various topics. Club Fed ‘Hits the Road’ for outings to museums and cultural attractions in and around the Sarasota-Manatee area. For more information: Debbie Sanford at The Federation 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

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ifty Shades of J is a monthly social opportunity sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for Jewish singles and couples to meet new and old friends.

Special Interest Groups Ages 50s-plus welcome. The location is always changing to the latest and most fun locations around town. Fifty Shades is free; a cash bar will be available. For more information: Debbie Sanford at The Federation 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

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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: Kim Sheintal, 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com, www.jgsswf.org www.facebook.com/JGSSWF/

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Organizations Special Interest Groups over 75 programs each The Al Katz Center yearOffering Nashim L’Tova to the public, the Center hosts

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ounded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, The Al Katz Center, Inc., is named in honor of Holocaust survivor and educator Al Katz. Its mission is to: 1. serve hundreds of local aging Holocaust survivors 2. advocate for elders in distress nationwide, free-of-charge 3. provide avid support for the State of Israel 4. bring Jews and non-Jews together in year-round Jewish programs for the entire community 5. provide weekly programs, reasonably priced, to enrich Zionism and Jewish identification The Center’s weekly classes and community programs include healthy kosher foods and study materials at no additional cost.

experts such as famed Constitutional attorney Dr. Stephen Halbrook, and numerous major Jewish leaders, including Dr. Thomas Hecht, Pieter Kohnstam, Ruth Bielski and Margot Coville, addressing the public on behalf of Jews and Israel. In 2015, filming of Outrage: The Al Katz Story – from Nazi slavery to guardianship bondage – a Jewish spiritual movie, was begun. In 2016, the Holocaust Babies Project and Holocaust Arts Contest were initiated, as well as the Al & Sophia Katz Jewish Art Gallery. The Center is located at 5710 Cortez Road in Bradenton’s Cortez Commons Shopping Center. For more information: Dr. Beverly Newman, Director 941.313.9239 www.alkatzcenter.org

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ashim L’Tova (Women for Good) of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee offers educational, social and outreach events for women of all ages. Held each December, Women’s Day provides an opportunity for women to come together around a theme they can all relate to while enjoying an inspiring speaker and a delicious lunch. New and longstanding friends are welcomed. For more information: Debbie Sanford at The Federation 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

For a continuously updated list of events, visit the Community Calendar page at www.jfedsrq.org.

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he Association of Professional Jewish Artists (APJA) is an open community of learning and support among regional Jewish artists (visual, expressive, movement, literary, music, performing arts and more)

meeting regularly in celebration of members’ and guests’ artistic lives and expressions. It is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. APJA features assorted programs embracing Jewish spirituality through the arts highlighting local professional Jewish artists’ works and talents through a Jewish lens. Dates, times, locations and featured artists will be

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Special Interest Groups announced in The Jewish News. Contact: Rabbi Goldie Milgram, President rebgoldie@gmail.com Kim Sheintal, Membership Coordinator, klapshein@aol.com Joan Davidson, Program Coordinator, artjoand@aol.com

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ewish War Veterans (JWV) Sarasota Post 172 meets at 9:45 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month from October through April. Meetings are held in the Activities Room at Kobernick House, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota. Each meeting begins with a breakfast/brunch and includes a guest speaker. Activities include educating members on Jewish veterans’ programs, the VA Hospital System and the local Sarasota National Cemetery. The Post

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supports local high school JROTC programs and coordinates with the area’s veterans’ organizations to place flags on the graves of Jewish veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide. For more information: Stan Levinson, Commander, JWV Sarasota Post 172 941.907.6720 or stanlevinson172@gmail.com

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Special Interest Groups Women’s Giving Circle

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he Women’s Giving Circle of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a group of passionate and caring women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Jewish women and children in need or at risk. For more information: Debbie Sanford at The Federation 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

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randeis National Committee – Sarasota Chapter is comprised of about 400 men and women who enjoy stimulating their minds, enhancing their senses, meeting interesting people, and having fun together. BNC is not an alumni association, but does raise funds to support the libraries, neuro-degenerative research projects and the scholarship funds of Brandeis University. Brandeis members enjoy a full array of activities which encompass over 20 study groups and cultural events. Study groups include book and movie discussions, Jewish short stories and modern plays, as well as new offerings focusing on prisoner writers, privacy rights, brain research and forgiveness to name a few. There are also opportunities for meals at ethnic restaurants, jewelry making and a game day. A matinee at the Asolo, Art in the Afternoon luncheons, a Book and Author event, and University on Wheels featuring a Brandeis professor, round out the program. For more information: Ellen Klein, Membership VP ellenforbrandeis@gmail.com http://blogs.brandeis. edu/sarasotafl/

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Organizations Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Assoc.

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collegial affiliation of congregational, organizational, educational and re­ tired clergy, the Sarasota-Man­ atee Rabbinical Association (SMRA) enables local rabbis and cantors to forge professional relationships and friend­ships while enriching the religious life of the Jewish community. The SMRA holds monthly meet­ ings at area synagogues, organizations and members’ homes. Matters for discussion include everything from assisting Jews in need to gun control, economic justice for migrant workers to new mohels in town, and issues of concern in Israel to top­ics for High Holy Day sermons! Repre­ sentatives of local Jewish agencies, schools, advocacy groups, and political figures are occasionally invited to address the rabbis at these meet­ings as well. Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

Special Interest Groups serves as President of the SMRA, with Jennifer Singer as Vice President and Rabbi Michael Werbow as Treasurer. Ongoing projects of the SMRA in­clude leadership in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service; educational and religious activities, sometimes co-sponsored with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee; sponsorship of speakers or performers of Jewish interest; and dona­tions to worthy organizations in Sarasota-Manatee and in Israel. For more information: Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, President, 941.379.1997 Jennifer Singer, Vice President

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as many as 1,400 Jews in a 20,000+ community. The vision was to create the Jewish Club at LWR. This club would then be a vehicle, through partnership with other organizations and on a standalone basis, to bring a variety of Jewish content programming to LWR. Four years later, LWR is clearly on the radar screen as a meaningful center of Jewish life. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee now partners with the club to bring some of its best programming to the Ranch. On a standalone basis, the Passover Seder, Break-the-Fast, and the Summer BYO get-together have been highly successful annual events. In 2013, additional programming was added, including selections from the 92nd Street Y lecture series. For more information or to be added to the mailing list: thejewishclubatlwr@gmail.com www.jewishclubatlwr.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: Brian Lipton, Regional Director 941.365.4955 or liptonb@ajc.org www.ajc.org

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he Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is on the frontline of fighting anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of hatred in America and abroad. Founded in 1913, ADL is one of the nation’s leading civil rights agencies, with a mission ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all.’ As the 9-1-1 for the Jewish community in Florida, ADL serves as the primary resource for victims of anti-Semitism. ADL also fields discrimination complaints of all kinds. The ADL Florida office delivers anti-bias education programs to educators and students; trains law enforcement about hate crimes; safeguards civil rights; confronts antiSemitism in schools and on college campuses; provides security seminars to religious institutions; and advocates for Israel. A leader in the development of anti-bias curricula, materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups. It carries out its mission through a network of offices in the U.S. and abroad, including the Florida regional office. For more information: 561.988.2900, florida@adl.org, or http://florida.adl.org

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Organizations Advocacy Groups American Israel Simon Wiesenthal Center he Simon Wiesenthal Center is Center’s mission through outreach, edPublic Affairs a global Jewish human rights ucation, social action and media awareorganization that confronts ness. Extensive activities and programs Committee

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orn out of the ashes of the Holocaust when the Jewish community had no political strength, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee empowers pro-Israel activists to advocate on behalf of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents on Capitol Hill and in all 435 congressional districts. With a staff of just 11 professional lobbyists, AIPAC’s strength comes from its 100,000 members nationwide who are politically active and develop relationships with their members of Congress and educate them about the importance of U.S.-Israel ties. AIPAC’s Sarasota chapter is chaired by Edie and David Chaifetz, and hosts multiple events each season. Every year, the Sarasota pro-Israel community sends a delegation to AIPAC’s Annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., including students subsidized by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. The 2017 conference (www. aipac.org/pc) will be held March 2628. Join over 13,000 pro-Israel friends from all 50 states as they descend on our nation’s capital to hear from leading policy-makers and elected officials. AIPAC believes it is in America’s best interests to maintain a strong alliance with Israel, and to exercise our constitutional right to advocate on behalf of that alliance. For more information: Elana Rickel, AIPAC’s North & Central Florida Director 954.382.6110 or erickel@aipac.org www.aipac.org

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awareness of the importance of Israel education and advocacy. SWU has educated thousands of people through programming in high schools, college campuses and community events. SWU/Southeast offers fellowship programs on college campuses that work to develop pro-Israel leaders; its high school programs empower teens to stand up for Israel now and in the future. SWU/Southeast works with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s STEP program. Two unique educational programs are planned for the community this winter, both of which are open to the entire community. StandWithUS is proud of its partnerships that help reach all these audiences and it looks forward to continuing  to collaborate on events relevant to Israel. For more information: Sara Gold Rafel, Director, StandWithUs/Southeast sarar@standwithus.com or 561.961.0752 www.standwithus.com www.facebook.com/ standwithussoutheast

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heir job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.” This is the motto of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), an organization that cares for the educational and well-being needs of Israel’s soldiers. The FIDF Palm Beach/Broward Region has proven itself as one of the organization’s most active communities, which is no small feat considering that FIDF has over 150,000 loyal supporters across 15 chapters in the U.S. and Panama, and is currently raising over $100 million a year. The commitment toward FIDF’s mission has been growing since the establishment of this 501(c)(3) notfor-profit organization in 1981. It was

founded by a group of Holocaust survivors who recognized the courage of the young Israeli men and women who join the IDF at age 18 to uphold the difficult task of defending the State of Israel. As the only organization working directly with the IDF to determine and fulfill the well-being needs of the soldiers, FIDF assumes the responsibility of caring for Israel’s soldiers in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide. FIDF Palm Beach/ Broward supporters have embraced Israel’s soldiers, and their truly exemplary contributions have helped the organization carry out and expand its activi-

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ties: granting college scholarships to combat veterans who could not otherwise afford higher education, supporting Lone Soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, funding advanced prosthetic devices for wounded soldiers, providing financial assistance to soldiers in-need and their families, sponsoring weeks of recreation and recuperation for entire battalions, adopting battalions and brigades, and caring for the widows, orphans and other family members of fallen Israeli soldiers. For more information: Sherri Siskin, Executive Director 561.483.2771 or boca@fidf.org www.fidf.org

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agen David Adom is Israel’s ambulance, blood-services and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first-responders for the state’s more than 8.5 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the

Israeli government to serve in this role, but it’s not a government agency, so it relies on people like you for funding. Every Israeli knows someone whose life has been changed by MDA, whether as a volunteer or a patient. The people of Israel count on MDA EMTs and paramedics to rush to the scene of every emergency. In Israel, that can be anything from a terror attack to a heart attack. But they also count on the

Americans who feel the urgency of Israeli ambulance sirens from across the globe and join MDA’s rescue efforts

with their generous support. When you give to MDA, it’s as if you’re sitting in the ambulance next to the paramedics sharing in the mitzvah of saving lives. For more information: Tammy Karu, AFMDA Southeast Region Director 800.626.0046 or southeast@afmda.org www.afmda.org

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ister Cities Association of Sarasota is the official international arm of the City of Sarasota, carrying out adult and student international exchanges with Sarasota’s eight Sister Cities and one Friendship City. Tel Mond, Israel, one of Sarasota’s Sister Cities, is located in the beautiful Sharon Valley, seven kilometers north of Kfar Saba and east of Netanya. Tel Mond became a sister city in  1999. Sarasota has had a long history of intense interaction with Tel Mond through many prominent Sarasotans who have helped in the development of this vibrant city. Tel Mond has been participating in Embracing Our Differences, Florida Studio Theatre Young Playwrights, and various other projects and exchanges in Sarasota since 1996. For more information about Tel Mond: Marlies Gluck, Tel Mond City Director jrgranny@aol.com http://sarasotasistercities.org/

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Organizations Israel Connection American Technion Society Consulate General Technion-Israel Institute of Technology of Israel for FL & PR

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he Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovations and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science educations that is expected to transform New York City’s economy. American Technion Society (ATS)

donors provide critical support for the Technion – more than $2 billion since

its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories and more. For more information: Ariane Aronhime Regional Director 410.602.0275 or ariane@ats.org

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he Consulate General of Israel, one of nine in the U.S., officially represents the State of Israel in all aspects of Israel’s relations with the government and the people of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Consulate General is the bridge between Israel and the region in multiple realms ranging from academia, Christian, cultural, economic, Hispanic, Jewish, media and the political arenas and communities. The aim is to strengthen the bonds between us. The Consular Department serves foreign and Israeli citizens with various documentation procedures including issuing visas and passports. For more information: 305.925.9400 or www.consulateisrael.com

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ewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until, ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel. JNF embodies both heart and action; its work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. It strives to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks,

creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. The Sarasota-Manatee area is

served by the Northern Florida Regional office. For more information: Uri Smajovits Northern Florida Director usmajovits@jnf.org 727.536.5263 Marcy Friedland Western Florida Senior Campaign Executive mfriedland@jnf.org 941.217.7400 www.jnf.org

JNF Guardian of Israel Luncheon Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota For more information, call Marcy Friedland or Uri Smajovits at 727.536.5263.

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ewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, 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 nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, is a Florida licensed facility for substance abuse outpatient services, and is a member agency of the local United Ways. Founded in 1985, JFCS has grown and expanded to become the premier local non-profit organization providing counseling and social services to individuals in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS offers more than 25 programs at 14 locations throughout the six counties. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus is located at 2688 Fruitville Road, and the Gloria & Louis Flanzer Campus is located at 1753 Ringling Boulevard, both in Sarasota, with satellite offices in Bradenton, North Port, Venice and at the GlasserSchoenbaum Human Services Center in Sarasota. Individuals turn to JFCS…When They Can’t Do It Alone. JFCS offers the following programs and services: ‹‹ Counseling Services is at the core of the many programs and services offered to children, adults, families, seniors and veterans at JFCS. A full range of counseling and support groups are available through licensed mental health professionals and behavioral health special-

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ists who address issues such as depression, resolution of personal life challenges, parenting, relationship building, fathering supports, anger management, marital conflict, substance abuse, bereavement and grief, 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 intake specialists and offer callers immediate assistance. Help is just a phone call away! ‹‹ Case Management & Financial Assistance is available to qualifying individuals and families on a case-by-case basis. JFCS supports families throughout the communities it serves including significant support for veterans and their families. 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, en-

suring that they can maintain their sense of dignity and desire for independence. Geriatric care managers, licensed clinical social workers and licensed mental health professionals help seniors adjust to the many

Case Management & Financial Assistance, Services for Holocaust Survivors, and Jewish Healing Programs are sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. challenges of aging such as isolation, loss of mobility, diminished physical and mental health, and the responsibilities of caregiving. ‹‹ Caregiver Support Groups provide weekly opportunities for caregivers to share with others and receive support from JFCS professional staff to learn new coping skills, reduce stress, and learn about essential community resources. A Caregiver Help Line (941.364.7560) is available to provide information and connections to community services and resources. Alzheimer’s Support & Education Network is a federally-funded program that provides essential services to individuals and families who are coping

JFCS Mission…to empower individuals and families toward self-sufficiency, EMBRACES the Jewish tradition of helping all people. JFCS Programs…counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach and education, EMPOWERS children, families, seniors and veterans. JFCS’ Focus…to provide professional, compassionate and caring services that POSITIVELY IMPACTS our community.

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Community Services with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. ‹‹ Jewish Aging Mastery Program is a comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity. This 12-session program combines realistic and attainable goal-setting, daily practices and peer support. JAMP helps baby boomers and older adults take key steps to improve their well-being, add stability to their lives, and strengthen ties to their communities. JAMP combines the science and art of aging well with the wisdom of the Jewish faith. JFCS was selected as a pioneer site for this exciting national program. ‹‹ 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 to at-risk students. Now in its third year, the Children’s Crisis Team provides immediate, shortterm crisis intervention services for children experiencing a mental health crisis. ‹‹ Jewish Healing Programs provide support and a connection to our community through the efforts of professional staff and a corps of trained volunteers. JFCS is dedicated to offering support, comfort, hope and healing through Jewish traditions, rituals and wisdom and assisting people who are experiencing life’s challenges. Jewish Healing Programs include Hospital Visitation, Friendly Visitors, Telephone Pals, Bereavement Support Groups, Religious Services celebrated in senior living facilities, Financial Case Management providing counseling

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Community Services Jewish Family & Children’s Service and emergency financial assistance to qualifying Jewish residents in need, Prison Ministry Program for Jewish inmates, and services for Holocaust survivors including case management, socialization opportunities and assistance with completing reparation claims forms and accessing services. ‹‹ Cancer Support and Wellness Program ensures that individuals and families are not alone when facing cancer. JFCS offers more than

Expressive Art Therapy is just one of the many therapeutic services offered by the JFCS Cancer Support and Wellness Program

75 monthly classes, programs and support groups to caregivers and family members, individuals presently undergoing treatment, and survivors. Programs and classes include support and wellness programs, a Mind Body Program, an expressive arts room and more. Located at the JFCS South Tuttle Campus (on the grounds of Temple Beth Sholom), JFCS has created a special healing center for these therapeutic programs, services and support groups, offered by a caring and compassionate staff, many of whom are survivors themselves. ‹‹ 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, making a difference to those who seek help and support through JFCS. Volunteer opportunities include: Friendly Visitor or Telephone Pal

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for an isolated adult; Mentor or Tutor an at-risk youth; Trained Visitor at local area hospitals and senior facilities; Shabbat and Jewish holiday volunteers conduct religious services in senior living facilities; Retired Social Workers handle intake calls and Information & Referral Services; Respite Caregivers offer support to a family caring for a loved one; Senior Outreach Service (SOS) Volunteers provide socialization and a community connection to SOS program participants; and Veterans Services Mentors work with local veterans and their families. JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE 2688 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34237 • President/CEO: Rose Chapman, LCSW • Telephone: 941.366.2224 • Email: info@jfcs-cares.org • Website: www.jfcs-cares.org • Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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obernick-Anchin-Benderson, a landmark senior living community in Sarasota for over 23 years, unveiled its new name – Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life – and brand identity on October 26, 2016. The word “Aviva” in Hebrew means spring and captures the essence of renewal, connectivity and infinite possibilities that residents feel when they move into the 27-acre senior living community nestled in The Meadows. The beautiful, park-like campus was designed for residents of all faiths to be safely at home while enjoying family and friends, fun activities, luxury amenities and a resort-style environment, innovative programs and on-site healthcare services. Aviva is a place where seniors can truly Experience the Possibilities of exceptional lifestyles, compassion and support at every turn. As a not-for-profit organization founded on traditional Jewish values such as a reverence for life and a belief in its dignity, Aviva creates and sustains non-exclusionary communities where seniors can live life to its fullest, answering their needs for quality housing, financial peace of mind, wellness, safety and spiritual fulfillment. Aviva is Sarasota’s only rental senior campus offering all levels of living options: ‹‹ Independent Living at Kobernick ‹‹ Assisted Living & Memory Care at Anchin ‹‹ Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation & In-Patient/ Out-Patient Rehabilitation at Benderson For more information: Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life 1951 N. Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34235 941.225.8369 www.AvivaSeniorLife.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: Local Administration office: 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 941.552.7500 or info@tidewell.org www.tidewell.org

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Community Services Sarasota-Manatee Chevra Kadisha

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ewish laws and customs provide guidance for every lifecycle event: birth, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage and death. It is especially important at the end of life, when emotions may cloud one’s judgment, to know that Jewish laws imbue this milestone with spiritual significance that protects the dignity of the deceased. The process of preparing the deceased for burial is called tahara, or purification. Preparation of the deceased for burial is entrusted to the Chevra Kadisha, the Burial Society. Throughout Jewish history, serving on the Chevra Kadisha has been a great honor. These volunteers are specially trained to perform a tahara. Working in teams, these men or women, depending on the gender of the deceased, are always on call to fulfill their duties. Entrusting preparation to the Chevra Kadisha insures the highest level of sensitivity and dignity in conformity with Jewish laws and customs. To inquire about the local Chevra Kadisha services or to volunteer, call 941.484.2790 for men or 941.349.3611 for women.

Community Services Information bulletins are issued frequently on sales, new product availability, new outlets for fresh kosher poultry and meat products in local stores, etc. The Council is constantly in touch with local food purveyors (i.e., Publix, BJ’s, Costco) to bring more variety to our local store shelves. There is no cost for membership. For more information, please call Marden Paru at 941.379.5655.

Kosher/Jewish Food Providers Please note that not all of these establishments are considered “Kosher” by conventional standards. A Taste of Europe Gourmet Market 2212 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota 941.921.9084 Morton’s Gourmet Market 1924 S. Osprey, Sarasota 941.955.9856 www.mortonsmarket.com

Nellie’s Deli 15 South Beneva Road, Sarasota 941.924.2705 www.nelliesdeli.com Michael’s On East at Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 catering@templebethsholomfl.org TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.362.3692 www.toojays.com 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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he Kosher Consumers Council of Sarasota and Manatee Counties 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 new email address to koshercon@comcast. net to have your name placed on the email list. Organized thirteen years ago by its chair, Marden Paru, the Council includes over 125 families who are quickly notified by email of any new products when they come online in the Sarasota-Manatee market.

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CLUBFED Friday, February 10, 2017*

Florida Holocaust Museum St. Petersburg, FL Guest Speaker: Assi Weinstein, preview of the “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” and lunch. Leaving the Federation campus at 9:30 am, returning at approximately 3:30 pm $55

Wednesday, March 1, 2017* Dali Museum St. Petersburg, FL The Frida Kahlo Exhibit (Includes lunch

Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232

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at Acropolis.) Leaving the Federation campus at 9:30 am, returning at approximately 3:30 pm $65

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, FL Enjoy some time at the zoo and have lunch on your own in the park. Leaving the Federation campus at 9:30 am, returning at approximately 3:30 pm $40 * These outings are all inclusive: • Transportation • Admission to Museum (No full refunds two weeks prior to event)

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Adult Education Ongoing Classes Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva

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he Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is an independent, non-denominational, adult Jewish education institute established in 2010. Its outreach brings together affiliated and unaffiliated Jews with non-Jews for what our sages refer to as studying Torah lishma (learning for the sake of learning.) More than 275 students have taken courses, many of which are text-based and/or biblical in nature. New eight-week courses for the coming year include: Proverbs, Mes-

sianism, Biography of God, King David, Jewish Anthropology, and Jewish Art. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is partially funded by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The enrollment and materials fee for each course is $60. Scholarships are also available. Classes currently meet on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. and Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on The Federation Campus. For enrollment and further information, contact Marden Paru, Dean

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and Rosh Yeshiva, at 941.379.5655 or marden.paru@gmail.com. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization. It Board of Directors include Toby Deutsch, President; Marden Paru, Treasurer, Dean; Burt Raimi, Legal Counsel; George Freed, Susan Shimelman and Peter Wells.

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ased on the book by Jack Gottlieb (Funny It Doesn’t Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood), and Chazzan Abramson’s personal experience as a performer in the American Musical Theatre, this class examines the deep influence that Jewish musical modes, melodies and motifs have had on America’s popular musical entertainment culture. From Broadway to Hollywood and from Gershwin to Porter, Jewish musical themes are at the core of many popular staples of American music. Some of these themes may not be obvious to everyone. Many songs and recordings will be deconstructed to reveal their Jewish roots. No previous musical knowledge is required. The class meets every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Temple Sinai. Free for Temple Sinai congregants; $36 for the series for nonmembers. To register, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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Ongoing Classes from the Torah, and offer a sermon. “Lunch with the Post-Adult B’nai Mitzvah classes are also offered. Rabbis” at TEE

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he community is warmly invited to join Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin for informal learning at Temple EmanuEl’s popular “Lunch with the Rabbis,” 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 Rabbis” 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.

Wednesday afternoons find a lively, friendly and inquisitive group learning conversational Hebrew and comparative religions as well as delving more deeply into the meaning of our prayers and liturgy. In addition to learning our sacred language, Adult Hebrew Study participants find a warm and supportive community of friends. For more information, please call 941.371.2788.

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Adult Education 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 work together to create and enhance community projects. The group sponsors a variety of programs including a weekly Torah & Tea class, Rosh Chodesh Society, holiday gatherings and social outings to explore Jewish themes. Proceeds of the JWC membership go to the Sunshine Committee, a branch of the JWC which sends flowers, gift baskets and food to those less fortunate in an effort to inject some sunshine into their lives. For more information, please contact Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadofbradenton.com.

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unday mornings at Temple Emanu-El are a time to enjoy stimulating programs, engaging presentations – and plenty of bagels, juice and coffee, thanks to the congregation’s popular Brotherhood Breakfast. Under the direction of Brotherhood Trustee Don Malawsky, the Brotherhood sponsors a deluxe bagel breakfast at 9:30 a.m. once a month in Temple Emanu-El’s social hall. The breakfast is followed by a free learning program. Topics range from traditional to eclectic. Past guests have included ballroom dancing professionals, a yoga instructor, a professional appraiser who evaluated attendees’ antiques in an Antiques Roadshow-style event, guests from Mote Marine, an internationallyrecognized scholar on Cuba, medical professionals offering health tips, and panelists talking about Israel and her security situation and quest for peace. The community is warmly invited to all Brotherhood Breakfast programs. For more information and a complete list of dates and speakers, please contact Don Malawsky at 941.359.2890 or dmalawsky@msn.com

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he Jewish Congregation of Venice (JCV) welcomes its members, guests and the entire Venice community to a wide variety of classes and programs throughout the year. No membership is required to enjoy religious studies and secular offerings at JCV. “Rabbi’s Shiur,” led by Rabbi Harold Caminker, is a weekly study and discussion group focusing on Torah, with supplementary materials from other Jewish-themed writings. The content will vary but begins with a review of the weekly Torah portion and its links

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Ongoing Classes to contemporary issues and concerns of our time. Hebrew classes are taught by Chaya Perera, a professional teacher and multilingual speaker. Classes may include modern Hebrew or prayerbook study. Secular classes, lectures, concerts and workshops are offered monthly by the Adult Education Department, including audio-visual presentations, music, dramatizations and audience interaction. Reel Fun is a film viewing and discussion series on the first Tuesday of the month. The Men’s Club sponsors a monthly breakfast on the first Sunday with a local speaker presenting a personal interest in such varied fields as physics, genealogy, politics, art or music. Ladies are most welcome at the Men’s Club breakfast and usually comprise half the audience. For more information about specific classes and programs, please call Beata Hulliger at the JCV office at 941.484.2022.

Unpacking the Tanakh

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ost of us are familiar with the Jewish Bible. Yet how many of us have studied it word by word, line by line, from beginning to end? In this ambitious course, we will begin from the very beginning of the Book of Genesis. We will analyze every word, and sometimes individual letters, in this rich and meaningful text, stopping frequently for discussion and debate. Join Rabbi Churgel at Temple Sinai every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. for a

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discussion that will begin from where we left off at the conclusion of the prior session, unlike our study of the Parashat HaShavuah, the weekly Torah portion on Shabbat morning which follows the Torah cycle. This course will undoubtedly take many years to complete! Newcomers are always welcome to join as you can simply pick up where we left off. Open to the community at no charge. Please bring to each session your own Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and any commentaries that you would like to reference for our discussions. The richness of our dialogue will be influenced by the variety of sources that we cite. For more information or to register, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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emple Sinai is hosting the Original Brown bag for the 23rd year. These Wednesday sessions are the highlight of the week for many in the community. Anyone is welcome to attend at any time and the sessions are free. The groups meets weekly at noon through the end of May. Open to all who are interested (and often passionate) about local, national and world events, Rabbi Churgel’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. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.924.1802 or visit www.SinaiSRQ.org.

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ynagogue music is often one of the best barometers of a society’s cultural, socio-economic and spiritual norms. As a result, this class examines the evolution of synagogue music as an outgrowth of those norms through a lens that allows the student to use what they already have experienced in the synagogue, camp or even youth group to develop a deeper personal understanding of what synagogue music was, is and possibly will be in years to come. Join Chazzan Abramson at Temple Sinai every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. as he goes over many recorded musical examples used to facilitate learning and enjoyment. Free for Temple Sinai congregants; $36 for the series for nonmembers. To register, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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oin Reb Ari Shapiro at Temple Sinai for this ongoing course on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is based on Maimonides’ (The Rambam) masterpiece, The Guide For the Perplexed. It is interesting to note that this twelfth-century philosopher was asking the same questions that modern Judaism is asking: How should we describe God? What is so important about monotheism? If God created the universe, why is there evil? His conclusions are interesting and may leave you wondering why our teachers haven’t broached these topics more often. Free for Temple Sinai congregants; $18 for the series for nonmembers. Register through Temple Sinai’s office at 941.924.1802. For more information, email Reb Ari at rebari18@gmail. com.

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Adult Education “Salons of Jewish Learning”

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roviding innovative and welcoming opportunities for adult Jewish learning is the goal of Temple Emanu-El’s “Salons of Jewish Learning” program. Launched six years ago and warmly embraced by the community, 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, the Cascades and Lakewood Ranch. Topics have ranged from

Ongoing Classes 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 event, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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emple Emanu-El welcomes you to engaging, exciting and accessible adult learning. 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 and book talks led by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, Rabbi Michael Shefrin, Rabbi Elaine Rose

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Glickman and local experts that examine topics from the Talmud to Jews in Hollywood to archaeology in Jerusalem; take field trips and learning expeditions; and celebrate Shavuot with a festive evening of interactive Jewish study. More intimate educational opportunities also abound. Regular Torah study and the new Lunch with Scholars series 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 neighborhoods around Sarasota-Manatee serve as part of Temple Emanu-El’s continuing outreach efforts. All Temple Emanu-El Adult Education programs are open to the community. For more information or details about upcoming programs, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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he Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present “Talmud Interactive” and “Survival of a Nation” in its upcoming February and May courses. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will conduct the six-week course sessions on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House. “Talmud Interactive” commences on February 1 and “Survival of a Nation” on May 3.

Adult Education “Talmud Interactive” will tackle ethical conundrums, ancient debates and participants’ solutions. “Survival of a Nation” will explore Israel through the lens of the Six-Day War. JLI courses are designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. JLI courses are presented three times a year in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch in conjunction with Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch. Interested students may call 941.752.3030 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and other course-related information.

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at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus Human Trafficking is an NCJW national and statewide priority. Southern Florida and the bay area rank third in the country for the number of vulnerable victims, particularly children and teens as young as 11, who are being trafficked into prostitution and indentured services.

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he Longboat Key Education Center, a not-for-profit educational organization, founded in 1985, offers over 150 adult enrichment courses, lectures and special events to the Sarasota-Manatee community. The 2017 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 and performances include “Steve Jobs Presents: Israel, Apple and the Entrepreneurial Spirit” with Ken Hanson, Ph.D., “Daily Life In Biblical Israel” with ElizabethBloch Smith, Ph.D., and Golden Roads: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir with Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein (singer, actor, director) and David Ohrenstein (pianist, composer). Multi-series courses include “The Royals of Ancient Israel” with Rachel Zohar Dulin, Ph.D., “Hidden Wisdom From the Kabbalah” with Ken Hanson, Ph.D., “Two Thousand Years of AntiJewish Enculturation and the Genesis of Nazi Anti-Semitism” with Andre Krauss, Ph.D., “Jewish/Israeli Film Festival” with Susan Goldfarb and special guest facilitators, and “Jewish Masters – The Art of Louise Nevelson and Frank Gehry” with Kevin Costello. The school is located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key. Call 941.383.8811 for a brochure listing all programs, prices and dates. Visit the school online at www.lbkeducationcenter.org.

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Adult Education January - June 2017 Classes Rosh Chodesh “Tikkun Leil “Jewish Women’s Shavuot” Vocabulary” elebrate Shavuot – the anniverrom Biblical terms to modern Gatherings sary of the Revelation of Torah lexicon, from Yiddish to English,

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osh Chodesh, occurring monthly, is a celebration of the New Moon. It is a holiday specifically for women and celebrated by women. The gatherings take place on the Friday closest to the actual Rosh Chodesh date and we meet from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Temple Sinai library. Our stimulating, educational and creative gatherings are facilitated by one or two group members and include innovative programming in a friendly and nurturing atmosphere. All Temple Sinai female members are invited to participate. For further information and to RSVP, contact Roberta at 941.346.5529 or roberta.berson@comcast.net. Early-2017 schedule: Friday, January 27 Shevat Friday, February 24 Adar Friday, March 31 Nisan Friday, April 28 Iyar Friday, May 26 Sivan

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n its third year, the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Sholom sponsors a Sunday series of Breakfast and Learn programs. Both men and women are invited. The bagel and lox breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10:00 a.m., and concludes with a Q&A session. A voluntary donation of five dollars to the TBS Men’s Club would be appreciated to cover the cost of food. Please call TBS for a reservation by the Tuesday prior to the event at 941.955.8121. For more information, please contact Rabbi Ed Weinsberg at 941.444.9790.

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– at Temple Emanu-El’s annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot on Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Tikkun is an innovation of our Jewish mystics, who spent the night before Shavuot engaged in sacred study. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn in a warm, intimate and enjoyable environment. Two study sessions led by Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman will be held. In between the sessions, attendees will enjoy a reception featuring dairy desserts. The Tikkun is free to temple members; a donation of $18 is requested for guests. For more information, please call 941.379.1997.

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Jewish vocabulary is an astounding array of words that every Jew should know. We will learn meanings, connotations and origins of scores of Jewish words that will enrich your depth of Jewish identity and understanding of our present through our past. Naturally, we shall include Jewish comedy and film clips of Jewish actors and actresses whose contributions to society remain engrained in both secular and religious lives. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22 and 29. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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January - June 2017 Classes Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, April “Jewish Biblical 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods Biographies”

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he great men and women of the Bible span the centuries of the Biblical narrative. From the Matriarchs and Patriarchs through Moses and others of the Exodus, the Judges, Kings, and the Major and Minor Prophets, the richness of Jewish history is expressed in the extraordinary personalities who helped forge the Jewish people as they are today. Students will learn the importance of names they have heard, and significant biographical details of heroes of, and antagonists against the Jewish people. Timelines will provide a framework for the continuum of contributions by Bible notables. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

“Basic Prayers of Judaism”

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and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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reat leaders of the United States and Great Britain were also great friends of the Jews and exercised their authority during times of great peril for the Jewish people. President Abraham Lincoln acted swiftly to overturn Civil War General Grant’s infamous 1862 General Order No. 11, which exiled all Jews from the territory under his command on 24-hour’s notice. In various important government

Adult Education posts over decades, Winston Churchill supported the Jewish homeland against a British Foreign Office intent upon appeasing the oil-rich Arab nations. President Harry Truman, whose wife would not allow Jews into their home, responded to the plea of his lifelong Jewish friend to recognize the new State of Israel in May 1948. President Richard Nixon, recalling his mother’s admonition to save the Jews when he had the opportunity, answered Prime Minister Golda Meir’s 3:00 a.m. call for desperately-needed armaments to save Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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Adult Education “Eyewitness to Israeli History”

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Jewish families in Tampa, Sarasota, Miami Beach and other regions of Florida. One of the best defenses for hate propaganda is the truth about Israeli history. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) “A woman of valor who can find? For her price is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10) These Proverbs are the words by which Jews have lived since Biblical times, bringing light unto the nations forever. Students will study them closely to enrich their daily lives in all circumstances. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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earn the wonders of the 613 mitzvot that form the ethical, religious and moral foundations of an active Jewish life, some of which are no longer practiced but nonetheless are worthy of study. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m. from January through March, this course will focus on many of the mitzvot that are the most meaningful and sometimes the least understood of the 248 positive Commandments and 365 negative Commandments that comprise the world’s first monotheistic religion. Although there are many rabbinic compilations and interpretations of the 613 mitzvot, attention will be devoted to Maimonides’ list, with Biblical citations provided for each mitzvah. This course will provide a solid framework for everyone interested in reinforcing or expanding their knowledge base of Judaism. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter.org.

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abbi Michael Sternfield of Temple Beth El Bradenton will be conducting a 14-week class, along with other community rabbis, on introducing Judaism to those who wish to learn more. These classes will be for those people interested in learning more about Judaism or who are contemplating marriage to a Jewish partner or possibly conversion. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. from January 5 through April 6, and are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the TBE office Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon at 941.755.4900.

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any of the 150 Psalms form the foundation of the Jewish world view, including Psalm 118: “This is the day that the L-rd hath made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.” Perhaps this is the eternal motto of the eternal Jewish people, who have learned to rejoice even in the darkest of times. Students will discuss the depth and breadth of our rich Jewish liturgy that has carried the Jewish people through thousands of years of tribulation and persecution from Biblical times through the present, and Judaism’s many resources in Psalms for hope, no matter the circumstances. Students will also learn Hebrew terms found throughout the Psalms beseeching Divine mercy, for instance. Classes take place at the Al Katz Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cost: $7 per adult per class; $3 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.313.9239 or visit www.alkatzcenter. org.

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JERUSALEM: 3000 YEARS OF HOLINESS Presented by Dr. Steven Derfler “Ten measures of beauty were descended upon the world by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud.

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Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied by Rome, invaded by crusaders, and today is the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem of antiquity was home to the ancient Israelites who worshiped at Solomon’s Temple. Explore the city’s long religious legacies, from its historical roots to today’s modern Hekal Shlomo Synagogue. Learn about the setting of the city during the time of Jesus. See how Christian traditions developed in Jerusalem, changed over the centuries, and are observed today. During the 7th century CE, the Caliph Omar ruled Jerusalem, protecting the holy site where it is written that the Prophet Muhammad rose to heaven, came face to face with God, received the teachings of Islam, and brought them home. The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque mark that spot today, and Arabs still refer to Jerusalem as Al Kuds, or “The Holy.”

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Education - Children Preschools The Gan at Temple Sinai

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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 and enrichments galore – Gymnastics, Kung Fu, Book Cooks, Computers, Music Together with Allisongs, Yoga for Kids, Spanish Workshop, Temple Tots for Infants and Toddlers, Tot Shabbat and Havdalah services, and state-ofthe-art InterActiv-Board technology in the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) classroom. Registration for all programs is ongoing. For more information or to set up a tour of the facility: Laura Freedman, 941.926.9462 www.thegansarasota.org

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is extended care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students enjoy weekly enrichments in gymnastics, karate, Spanish, music/movement and computers. Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center is also proud of its newly-renovated building, which provides an environmentally-sound and beautiful space for students to learn, play, and grow. The Center also sponsors family fun events as well as parenting workshops throughout the year. In addition to joyful Shabbat celebrations with Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin, students

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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 preschool families also participate enthusiastically in family programs sponsored by Temple Emanu-El. For more information: Elaine Sharrock, Director 941.377.8074 or preschool@sarasotatemple.org www.sarasotatemple.org

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he PJ Library program supports families raising Jewish children by sending highquality Jewish-themed books and music on a monthly basis to children aged six months to eight years. This program is free!  In addition, PJ Library works with community partners to present children’s concerts, Tot Shabbat

and other family activities. Register your child online at www.pjlibrary. org. The PJ Library is a partnership of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.  For more information, contact Andrea Eiffert at The Federation at 941.552-6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org.

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Education - Children Preschools/Day Schools Partnerships with numerous com- nationwide and several different counHershorin Schiff munity organizations enable students tries. It is a blend of Starbucks and to engage in the arts, sciences, athletics, Gymboree with a Jewish twist. Community Day and additional academic enrichment Babyccino provides a chic meet for School and community service opportunities. mod moms and their tots, and features

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he Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is Sarasota’s premier choice for personalized, handson learning for children in preschool through eighth grade. As a community Jewish day school serving students with a wide array of religious affiliations, the curriculum mirrors the diversity that exists in our community. Community Day prepares students to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship, and compassionate action. The small student/teacher ratio allows students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real-life experiences, both inside the classroom and beyond the school walls.

With at least an hour of outdoor activities each day and the healthy lunch program, Community Day fosters a culture promoting good health – for body and mind! For more information contact: Admissions 941.552.2770 admissions@communityday.org www.CommunityDay.org

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centers for creative art and expression, Judaic discovery, music and movement, sensory stimulation, dramatic play, parallel play, and social interaction. It ventures out into a place where motherhood and childhood happily intersect, creating and offering ways to engage both parents and children at the same time. Classes are open to babies and toddlers up to 3 years old, and take place at The Chabad House in Lakewood Ranch on Sundays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. For more information or to register: 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

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Sunday, Sept. 18 Big Truck Day 3-4:30pm

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Jewish home for families of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities where students make Jewish friends they look forward to seeing week after week. This is Temple Sinai Religious School. Walk in the door and you are welcomed by music and laughter. Students discover the joys of Judaism guided by experienced teachers, and what happens in the classrooms reflects the best practices of Jewish education in the 21st

Saturday, Nov. 5 Shabbat Picnic in the Park 1-3pm

Arlington Park (with Temple Beth Sholom)

Monday, Dec. 26 Taste of Chanukah 4-6pm

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Monday, Jan. 16 Small Hands Give Back 10:30am-Noon

Kobernick Anchin Benderson (with Community Day School)

Saturday, Feb. 11 Tu B’Shevat Party 10am

Mixon Fruit Farm (with Temple Emanu-El)

Friday, Mar. 31 Model Seder 9am

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century. Enjoying its recently expanded school wing, the program incorporates art, music and technology. An innovative Hebrew program accommodates learners of all ages at all levels. Additionally, students get to know Rabbi Michael Churgel and Chazzan Cliff Abramson through age-appropriate prayer experiences. As the only ARJE-accredited school on the west coast of Florida, all the students in grades K-10 meet Sunday mornings. For grades 3-6, Hebrew School is offered two different times – Sunday and Wednesday afternoons – to accommodate families’ busy schedules. Families need not be temple members to enroll their children. The temple’s award-winning Gift Membership program offers new school families a complimentary one-year temple membership and reduced tuition. Afterwards, family membership begins at $360. For more information: Sue Huntting RJE, Religious School Director 941.922.9322 or ReligiousSchool@SinaiSRQ.org

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Education - Children Hebrew/Religious Schools Chabad Hebrew School of Paver Religious School he Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School of TemBradenton & Lakewood Ranch ple Beth Sholom provides an inspiring, stimulating

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t Chabad Hebrew School of the Arts, learning is loads of fun! CHS gives students the opportunity to explore their heritage through different art media, in an engaging and exciting manner. Arts include drama, cooking, music, literacy, painting, sculpting and more. CHS brings Judaism to life! Each day incorporates interactive, hands-on activities covering a wide range of subjects.  Participants learn about Jewish practices, history, culture and Hebrew reading. CHS’s Hebrew reading curriculum, Aleph Champ, takes an innovative approach to teaching the skills. Modeled after the karate system, students advance through a range of color-coded levels, motivated to excel and graduate each stage. Chabad invites all Jewish children – regardless of background, affiliation or financial status – to experience our traditions as never before. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is for ages 4-13. For more information: Chanie Bukiet, 941.752.3030 or chanie@chabadodbradenton.com www.chabadofbradenton.com

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pen to all Jewish children, the Weinstein Religious School meets Wednesday afternoons 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’s weekly schedule includes Hebrew reading following the trendsetting Aleph Champion program, Jewish history, Jewish holidays, and a hands-on approach to teaching mitzvot. Special holiday events create exciting moments and great memories. Chabad of Sarasota invites you to give your child the gift of Jewish pride and knowledge. Membership is NOT required to join the school. Parents of prospective students are encouraged to schedule a visit. For more information: Sara Steinmetz, Director 941.925.0770 or sara@chabadofsarasota.com

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and engaging educational experience guided by the Conservative movement’s principles. The goal at PRS 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.

Students continue to learn Hebrew structured around the progressive Hebrew program Mitkadem. Benjamin Ramos (Photo Credit RGB Media, Inc.) In addition, they experience Judaic engagement exercises, tefillah and prayer. Twice monthly, the 6th graders and their parents meet with Rabbi Werbow for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Club, addressing topics related to their upcoming ceremonies. Religious instruction continues through 10th grade. Several youth-focused Friday night dinners and services are planned. For more information: 941.955.8121 or knester@templebethsholomfl.org

PJ Library helps families on their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six-months to eightyears. This program is completely free for families, thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and our incredible donors.

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ith a warm community, loving and expert teachers, kind students, and a leadership committed to making learning joyous, Temple Emanu-El Religious School is a place kids truly enjoy attending. Affectionately known as TEERS, Temple Emanu-El Religious School offers Sunday school for kindergarteners through seventh graders; an additional hour of Hebrew study begins in fourth grade. An outstanding postB’nai Mitzvah/Confirmation program as well as the opportunity to serve as a classroom assistant keep about 90 percent of students involved with the religious school after they become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Along with learning Hebrew and Judaica, students enjoy TEERS’ signature “chuggim” – hands-on classes in Jewish cooking, music, crafts, drama, Israeli dancing, and conversational Hebrew – as well as schoolwide holiday celebrations, tzedakah projects, a new computer lab, and family Shabbat services. An annual Shabbaton and a variety of social, educational and community service programming for the entire family foster a close bond among parents and children at the school. New students are always welcome. Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg and her dedicated faculty look forward to meeting you! For more information: Sabrina Silverberg, Director of Education, 941.371.2788 or teers@sarasotatemple.org

BE’s Religious School for children (primary grades through Bar/ Bat Mitzvah) meets Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon from September through May. The program includes age-appropriate instruction in religion, Jewish history, culture, and in­ troduction to Israel, supplemented by “Judaism Through the Arts,” a series of instruction by guest artists within the congregation in such areas as drama, music, the visual arts and cooking. TBE’s Religious School is introducing a completely different approach to Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. What is the essential purpose of Bar/Bat Mitzvah? It is to inculcate a love of Judaism and a positive sense of identity with the Jewish people. For this reason, TBE provides a positive alternative, a valuesbased Bar/Bat Mitzvah education. The precious time devoted to Bar/Bat Mitzvah study is much better devoted to Judaism rather than mere Hebrew recitation. The learning process involves parents as well. Parents are expected to read the materials with their children and to discuss these topics with them. Along with this new approach, children will be learning how to read and understand the beauty and sanctity of Hebrew. For more information: Susie Konicov, Education Chair and Religious School Principal 941.755.4900 or tbebradentonfl@yahoo.com www.templebethelbradenton.com

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universal language of the arts. The Hebrew School has a particular focus on educating children through art, music and drama, enabling them  to experience the ideas and ideals which are taught in a relevant and artistic manner. The school offers the Aleph Champ program, a detailed curriculum geared towards learning the Hebrew language.  As a trendsetter in creative Jewish education, this innovative program will inspire a love for our rich ancient  heritage, with the creativity and beauty of modern-day art.  Children will have the opportunity to embrace many of the arts throughout the year, offering a hands-on experience to truly understand its depth, meaning and connection to Judaism. In addition, the school offers an exclusive New Hebrew High for kids post bar/bat mitzvah so that they, too, can further their Jewish education in a creative and exciting way!  School meets Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. for ages 5-13. For more information: Rivka Schmerling Educational Director, 941.493.2770

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he Jewish Congregation of Venice promotes a Family Education Program of Judaic studies and Hebrew language for all children, and is especially sensitive to the concerns and interests of interfaith families. Parents and children are involved in a variety of holiday-centered events. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation is offered, and the ceremonies are enthusiastically celebrated by congregation and guests. For more information: JCV office, 941.484.2022 or jcvenice2@gmail.com

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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: Sara Steinmetz, Director 941.925.0770 or sara@chabadofsarasota.com

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he Chabad Jewish Center of Venice provides an incredible three-week summer day camp. Called Camp Gan Israel or “Gan Izzy,” the camp attracts children of all backgrounds between the ages of 2-13. Children are offered a wide variety of exciting sports, swimming, arts and crafts, as well as diverse activities such 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 various destinations such as Sun Splash, rollerskating, golfing, bowling, Leaping Lizard 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. Safety is the number-one priority and the counselorcamper 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 goodbyes which occur on the last day as well as the connection that lasts throughout the year! Planning for 2017 Camp Gan Israel is already underway. For more information: Rivka Schmerling, 941.493.2770 www.cgivenice.com

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Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center Summer Camp

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he learning, nurturing and fun of Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center 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 Seal certified Jewish preschool. With traditional camp hours as well as extended care to accommodate working families, Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center’s summer camp offers fun weekly themes such as 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, please call Temple EmanuEl Early Learning Center Director Elaine Sharrock at 941.377.8074. For more information: Elaine Sharrock Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center Director 941.377.8074

Jewish Overnight Camp Incentive Grant Program The Jewish Overnight Camp Incentive Grant Program provides subsidies of up to $800 per child for campers attending a Jewish not-for-profit 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. For more information, contact Andrea Eiffert at The Federation at 941.552-6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org.

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Camps Chabad of Bradenton & Camp Gan at Lakewood Ranch Camp Gan Israel Temple Sinai

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amp Gan Israel, part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world, is sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch and 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 through exciting activities. Stories, songs, games and contests, in addition to challah bak-

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ing, Shabbat parties, arts and crafts, and cooking are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen body and soul. Safety is a priority at Camp Gan Israel. Individualized attention and professional staff assure parents that their children are well taken care of. For more information or to register a child: 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com www.cgibradenton.org

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Need-based Scholarship Assistance For Sarasota and Manatee County Students We would like to help make religious school a reality for your child by offering need-based scholarship assistance. In the past three years, The Jewish Federation has funded more than $121,000 to assist 314 children to attend Religious schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Find out if we can assist your child attend a Jewish religious school. Questions? Contact Jeremy Lisitza at jlisitza@jfedsrq.org or 941.343.2113

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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, Little Dragons, a Spanish workshop, yoga, art, magic shows, puppet shows and more. As during the school year, the Friday Shabbat celebration is a lovely part of the busy week. The Director of Camp Gan, along with Rabbi Churgel and 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: Laura Freedman, Director of Early Childhood Education 941.926.9462 www.thegansarasota.org

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or five decades, Camp Judaea has been providing a high-quality, 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 U.S. 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.” The camp takes advantage of its beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to provide campers with an outdoor experience that will heighten their appreciation of nature and the outdoors. All campers accepted, regardless of race, color, age, handicaps, religion or national origin. For more information: 404.634.7883 in the winter 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 daughterin-law/resident owners, Michael and Sarah Sokol. Camp Shalom is the only co-ed (girls and boys, ages 7-16) Jewish overnight 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 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: 305.279.0401 in the winter or campshalom@aol.com www.campshalom.net

URJ Camp Coleman

Thousands of young people have called Camp Coleman home for more than 50 years, where children can feel free to live a wholly Jewish life. Campers can experience Jewish culture and tradition while in a safe, challenging and fun environment, and participate in a wide variety of athletic, recreational and creative activities. All activities seek to strike a balance between skill development and personal enjoyment,

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and constant effort is made to meet the needs and wants of the campers. For more information: 770.671.8971 in the winter campcoleman@urj.org www.campcoleman.org

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JEWISH CAMP INCENTIVE GRANTS The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with local philanthropists, provides incentive grants for Jewish children from Sarasota and Manatee counties to attend not-for-profit Jewish overnight camps.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: NOVEMBER 1, 2016 THRU JANUARY 31, 2017 A limited number of need-based scholarships will also be available this year.

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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 inable 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: September 1 - June 1, 678.812.3844 or summer@campbarney.org www.campbarney.org

Seeking Volunteers! Opportunities include the following: Active Adults Teens/Young Adults Cultural Arts PJ Library Family Programs Granting Committees Holocaust Awareness Interfaith Outreach Israel Advocacy Event Greeters Light Office Work

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sota-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 lead programs that interest them with guidance from adult advisors and staff. outings such as visiting a trampoline park, dances and parties, to social action and religious activities such as participating in a service or raising funds for Everyday Blessings. TBS’s youth groups are affiliated with United Synagogue Youth (USY), but TBS affiliation is not necessary. Meaningful and fun activities are provided for all young people in the local Jewish community. Groups include Chalutzim (grades 3-5), Kadima (grades 6-8) and USY (grades 9-12). USY and Kadima participate in regional events including conventions and Yom Disney, which are a wonderful way to meet other young Jews. For more information or to sign up for membership: 941.955.8121 www.templebethsholomfl.org

BBYO is a great way to get involved after your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The AZA and BBG chapters boast over 40 high school teens who regularly attend regional conventions 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 : Skylar Haas, Associate Regional Director shaas@bbyo.org www.bbyo.org

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he Jewish Federations of Collier County, Lee & Charlotte Counties, and Sarasota-Manatee Counties have worked collectively to hire a Jewish Campus Engagement Associate, Jeremy Dictor. Jeremy is working with students at Ringling College of Art + Design, New College of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Florida South Western College to plan Jewish programming, holiday celebrations, internship and leadership opportunities, and Birthright Israel experiences. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 Jewish students attending

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colleges in this area. Given the growth of the Florida university system in Southwest Florida, the leadership felt it was critically important that these schools be serviced with a full-time professional. The collective has recently been accepted as a Hillel Affiliate, which enables Jeremy and our Federations to work under the auspices of Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. For more information: Jeremy Dictor CampusJeremySWFL@gmail.com

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emple Emanu-El’s youth groups are the place to be! Through social activities, community service projects, and Israel programs like Skyping with Israeli soldiers, Temple Emanu-El kids in grades four through eight have special opportunities to build bonds and enjoy fun, meaningful youth group experiences. Temple Emanu-El is especially proud of its high school youth group STEEMY – Sarasota Temple EmanuEl Mitzvah Youth. In a single year, STEEMY has become one of the largest, most vibrant youth groups in Sarasota-Manatee. A dedicated teen board creates a welcoming, exciting atmosphere and plans programs such as “Pizza and Friends,” a beach party, a Shabbat lockin and much more. STEEMY members also attend regional gatherings with other Reform Jewish youth, returning invigorated and inspired. STEEMY is also blessed with a wonderful youth lounge that provides the perfect location for meetings and events. STEEMY membership is open to all Jewish teens, regardless of synagogue affiliation. For more information: 941.378.5567

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hile synagogues around the country grapple with the challenge of retaining students after Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Temple Emanu-El’s Confirmation class provides a model of keeping teens engaged, enthusiastic and eager for Judaism and Jewish learning. An astonishing 90 percent of Bar/Bat Mitzvah students choose to continue their studies by

joining the synagogue’s Confirmation class. Now in its fifth year, Temple Emanu-El’s Confirmation class welcomes students as soon as they celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Students meet monthly with Rabbi Brenner Glickman to explore and study topics of their choosing, from interfaith marriage to the afterlife to the Creation story to Judaism and the environment. Tools from group discussion to creating advertisements to text study allow students to be active participants in learning. Built-in time to snack and socialize allows students to strengthen their bonds of friendship and community. Temple Emanu-El’s 2016 Confirmation class included (left to right) For more information: Moses Glickman, Abigail Zion, Max Kunkel, Jeremy Caldwell, Sabrina Silverberg Josh Yunis and Eliza Lipton, with President Toby Halpern, Rabbi 941.378.5567 Brenner Glickman, and Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg

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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 to 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 Kesher (meaning a knot, connection or link): New this year is our youth group for children in grades 3-5. This group is just starting out, but the friendships and memories made early can create bonds that last a lifetime. The group meets approximately every six weeks for creative events, where so-

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cializing and having fun is key. JOOSY (Junior Organization of Sinai Youth): Students in grades 6-8 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 throughout the year, URJ’s Mitzvah Corp project and Camp Jenny. They also have opportunities to run for leadership positions within the temple youth group and the NFTY region. For more information: Deb Bryan, Youth Group Director 941.924.1802 x112 or dbryan@sinaisrq.org

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hroughout the years, Temple Sinai has offered its 10th grade students the opportunity to experience a school year filled with new kinds of learning and exciting experiences. Rabbi Michael Churgel’s weekly seminar-style classes explore issues on the students’ minds and in the news. Students are challenged to synthesize their learning from previous years and clarify where they stand on a variety of questions. Class discussions are supplemented with Jewish movies, dinner at the rabbi’s house, and visits to local places of worship. The highlight of the year is when the students, accompanied by the rabbi, attend the L’taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, D.C. Along

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

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BE A BETTER ADVOCATE FOR ISRAEL TEEN TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

PARTICIPATE WITH OTHER JEWISH TEENS

UPCOMING STEP EVENTS with several hundred other youth from around the country, the students learn about critical national issues and then present their carefully researched personal position papers to our representatives on Capitol Hill. The Confirmation service is one of the congregation’s favorites. It is student-led and each Confirmand speaks about an important aspect of his/her Jewish life. Post-Confirmation activities at the temple include youth group, reading Torah during the High Holidays and being a madrich/madricha (aide) in the Religious School. For more information: Sue Huntting, RJE Religious School Director 941.922.9322

JAN. 22 StandwithUs Presentation: “Surviving Cultural Hate” with Hussein Aboubakr* FEB. 24

Hillel Shabbat at Florida Gulf Coast University

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StandwithUs Presentation

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Boys & Girls Club Leadership Training

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College Lecture Series *Open to the public

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will award more than $90,000 in education scholarships to eligible students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Scholarships are available to students of the Jewish faith. The only exception is the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship.

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Jacqueline SiegelFrascella Scholarship

Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship

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Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

Betty Schoenbaum Fund

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B’nai B’rith Gulf Coast Lodge Scholarship

Melissa Wides Foundation Education Scholarship

AWARD VARIES Ronald and Geri Yonover Scholarship

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JAN. 1-APR. 14, 2017 JFEDSRQ.org/Help/ EducationScholarship

WHO CAN APPLY? • Students who identify as Jewish. The only exception is the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

• Students whose families have resided in • Students seeking enrollment in an Sarasota or Manatee county full time for undergraduate program at a university, at least two years. college, community college, vocational school or technical program.

The primary consideration for these scholarships is financial need. However, a good academic record, involvement in Jewish activities and community service will be evaluated. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

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Teen, the fastest-growing Jewish teen network, is now active and thriving for its second year in Lakewood Ranch. Teens love to socialize and network. CTeen takes these skills that teenagers have mastered, and creatively channels their talents toward making a difference in our communities. CTeen’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment where teens can learn about themselves through giving to others, identify with others who share the same faith, and be part of a group that focuses on building core values with an emphasis on character development. Some of this year’s events include a boating trip, an outing to TreeUmph!, and Shabbat dinner at the rabbi’s house. It is an opportunity that no teenager should miss, and there’s plenty of room for all their friends as well. Program events take place at The Chabad House in Lakewood Ranch unless otherwise noted. For more information: 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

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hrough local donors and The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, S.T.E.P. (Shapiro Teen Engagement Program) creates a gateway for local Jewish teens to become engaged with their community, their Judaism and their connection to Israel. For more involved teens, the STEP Fellowship program provides teen leaders unique opportunities to engage with The Jewish Federation as committee members, volunteers and ambassadors. Each year, The Jewish Federation

of Sarasota-Manatee awards Education Scholarships to qualified applicants. Scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 per student and are available to Jewish students and a limited number for non-Jewish applicants. In 2017, over $90,000 will be awarded to local students. 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 evaluated. The deadline for the 2017-18

school year is April 14, 2017. Details and applications can be found on The Federation’s website at www.jfedsrq.org. High school students wishing to participate in Jewish travel programs may apply for a scholarship from The Jewish Federation. Applications must be submitted online and an interview is required. The scholarship opportunities are described below. In May 2017, thousands of Jewish teens from around the world will share a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the

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Important scholarship application deadlines for teens and families. November, 2016–January 31, 2017 Scholarship applications accepted for Camp Grants More information: JFEDSRQ.org/Camp January 1–March 31, 2017 Scholarship applications accepted for: Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Domestic Teen Travel programs, SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel Program) More information: JFEDSRQ.org/teen-travel-opportunities January 1–April 14, 2017 Education Scholarship applications accepted More information: JFEDSRQ.org/EducationScholarship September 1–November 30, 2017 Scholarship applications accepted for: AIPAC Policy Conference, Bob Malkin Young Ambassador Mission to Israel (BMYA), March of the Living, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Domestic Teen Travel programs, SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel Program) More information: JFEDSRQ.org/teen-travel-opportunities

Questions? Contact Andrea Eiffert at aeiffert@jfedsrq.org or 941.552.6308

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and its generous donors are committed to providing teen scholarships for travel on a variety of educational, experiential and adventure driven programs. Eligible participants must reside in Sarasota or Manatee County and identify as Jewish.

TRAVEL PROGRAMS

Alexander Muss High School in Israel: 6, 8, or 18-week programs AIPAC: Join more than 15,000 pro-Israel activists for The AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C! Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Program (BMYA): This educational and spiritual journey allows teens to develop leadership skills, explore who they are as individuals and as a team, learn first-hand the importance of Israel to Jews around the world, and culminates with a 2-week mission to Israel. Domestic Teen Travel: We provide scholarships for high school students to participate in travel within the United States. March of the Living: Join thousands of other Jewish teens from around the world to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the entire group marches three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program (S.K.I.P): Provides subsidies of up to $2,500 for teens and young adults to travel to Israel.

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March of the Living Mission, where they march 3 kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration complex built by the Nazis. The march commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. From Poland, participants will fly to Israel to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee partners with local philanthropists to provide scholarships annually for area teens to participate. This program is open to students in grades 11 and 12. The Send-A-Kid-to-Israel Program  (S.K.I.P.), 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 scholarships to enable area Jewish teens to participate in Israel trips and programs sponsored by an accredited cultural and/or educational organization. S.K.I.P. is funded in large part by the Betty and Herb Schiff S.K.I.P. Fund. Applications for 2017 programs are due by March 31, 2017. Through the Friedman Family Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee provides scholarships for students in grades 10-12 to study abroad in Israel on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. Students attend part of the academic school year or summer in Israel during their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school on a fully-accredited academic and fun experience, earning high school and college credit. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis. The AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community’s largest annual gathering, drawing thousands of participants from all 50 states. The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee awards scholarships to cover registration fees and travel expenses for up to 10 students each year.

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re you new to Sarasota-Manatee or new to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee? Join the Federation at its annual Newcomers Reception to meet and connect with other Jews in the community and learn about upcoming programs and events. This free event will be held on Wednesday, January 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. RSVP required. Please visit www. jfedsrq.org/events or contact Ilene Fox at The Federation at ifox@jfedsrq.org or 941.343.2111.

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emple Beth Sholom continues to make an impact in the Sarasota community, the Jewish community, and within the Beth Sholom Kehillah. TBS reaches outside its campus to impact the local community in many ways. TBS is the lone local Jewish organization that is a sponsor of Family

Promise, a program that helps homeless families stay together. Other activities include volunteering and donating to local food banks, baking muffins for seniors at Rosh Hashanah, and supplying casseroles for the Salvation Army. All in the Jewish community are welcome to the special annual events including the Light of Torah Study Day, Freund Scholar-in-Residence,  World Wide Wrap t’fillin day, Purim celebrations, and Mitzvah Day. The TBS doors are open to those interested in Continuing Education sessions, including history lectures, spiritual learning, and Hebrew and Yiddish language classes. Members also benefit from the daily minyan which is open to the community. For more information: 941.955.8121

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Robin Bloom, Lucy Eiseman, Laura Kramer and Emilie Weil help Manasota BUDS by making lovies for children with Down syndrome at Mitzvah Day

lovingkindness. Among the groups benefiting from Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Day are the Salvation Army, SPARCC, Honor Animal Sanctuary, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, All Faiths Food Bank, Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Anchin Pavilion, Manatee and Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota Police, Everyday Blessings, Mothers Helping Mothers, Manasota BUDS, Children First, and children in foster care. Temple Emanu-El welcomes the entire community to participate in Mitzvah Day and to help these wonderful organizations while building bonds with other Jews in Sarasota-Manatee. For more information: 941.379.1997

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Jewish Outreach Temple Sinai Outreach Programs

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emple Sinai opens its doors to people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Once you attend a service or a program you can expect someone will follow up to find out what you would like to do next and to connect you with others. Special efforts to extend the reach of the temple beyond its walls include: Welcoming Interfaith Families The schools, programs and worship services are designed to be accessible to everyone, regardless of religious background. Over 50% of school families include at least one parent who was not raised Jewish. Rabbi Churgel and Chazzan Abramson are very open to answering your questions and helping you find your place in the temple community. Extending into Lakewood Ranch With many households north of Univer-

sity Parkway, the temple has programming throughout the year in Lakewood Ranch. Whether at Menchie’s off Route 70 for a Back-to-School Meet & Greet, or a clergy schmooze at a coffee shop or in a private home, Temple Sinai is eager to meet you where you live. Religious School for Nonmembers Enrollment in the Religious School is open to any child in the area, regardless of synagogue affiliation, to help support Jewish learning and living for all families so interested. Youth Groups Temple membership is not required for youth in grades 3-12 interested in meeting up with other Jewish kids to have a good time and develop as leaders. Attending regional and national NFTY events is an added benefit for high schoolers.

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Tot Shabbat Services Open to the community, Friday evening Tot Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Churgel, Chazzan Abramson (with his guitar) and Laura Freedman, are held periodically through the year and offer a warm and interactive Shabbat experience. The 5:30 p.m. service is always followed by a Kiddie Oneg or familyfriendly dinner. Jewish Food Festival In partnership with All Faiths Food Bank, Temple Sinai’s annual Jewish Food Festival attracts hungry guests from miles around who want to experience an authentic nosh. Thousands attend, so best come early! For more information: 941.924.1802

ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY

MAY 7, 2017 4 pm the jewish federation of sarasota-manatee

Fun for the whole family!

FREE

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ow do we teach our young children that being Jewish is special? We can begin by taking them to Temple Emanu-El’s Tot Shabbat outreach program. Held on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year, Tot Shabbat provides meaningful and fun Shabbat experiences for young Jewish and interfaith families. Whether taking place on the temple’s playground or at popular public spaces such as Crowley Nature Center, Tot Shabbat features time to play and socialize, a craft,

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ith an “Interfaith Families Open House” last fall, Temple Emanu-El’s Membership Committee initiated a new outreach program especially for interfaith couples. Open to the entire community, this program supports those in interfaith relationships, and provides a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to explore and discuss interfaith issues. Temple Emanu-El’s new Interfaith Families Committee plans regular gatherings at which attendees have the opportunity to meet other couples and families, build bonds and enjoy time together. The gatherings also al-

low interfaith couples and families to share the challenges and rewards of their interfaith relationships, talk about ways to make a Jewish home while still honoring their partner’s background and traditions, and host speakers and facilitated discussions. Gatherings will be designed for couples, parents with young children, parents with adult children, and grandparents. For more information and a schedule of Temple Emanu-El Interfaith Families Group events: Kim Sheintal 941.921.1433 or klapshein@aol.com

Temple Emanu-El Outreach to Lakewood Ranch/East Manatee

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a bagel breakfast, and age-appropriate Shabbat songs, prayers, movement, and stories with Rabbi Brenner Glickman Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin. Highlights include a birthday party for the trees at Mixon Fruit Farms on Tu B’Shevat, celebrating Israel’s birthday on Israeli Independence Day, and splashing in wading pools at “Splash Shabbat.” Tot Shabbat is free and open to everyone. Interfaith and unaffiliated families are welcome and will quickly find a warm community. Selected Temple Emanu-El Tot Shabbat programs are co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For more information: 941.379.1997

emple Emanu-El continues outreach programs to the Jewish and interfaith community of Lakewood Ranch/East Manatee. Temple Emanu-El plans several free events in the area, offering educational and social opportunities for all ages. One much-anticipated program

Other Lakewood Ranch/East Manatee outreach programs include a a neighborhood ice cream social in Lakewood Ranch; social and educational gatherings at private homes in Lakewood Ranch, Palm-Aire, University Park and the Lake Club; and classes at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall – including two installments a year of Rabbi Brenner Glickman’s popular “Lunch with the Rabbi.” New holiday programming, including a Rosh Hashanah dinner and an end-of-Passover pizza party, have been added Dr. Ruth Leventhal, Dr. Anita Simon, Liz Klaber and Kim Sheintal at in the past two years as Temple Emanu-El’s autumn ice cream social in Lakewood Ranch well. is the annual Splash Shabbat at CenFor details about upcoming and tral Park in Lakewood Ranch, which ongoing Temple Emanu-El outreach brings together young Jewish and inter- programs to Lakewood Ranch/East faith families for socializing, water play, Manatee: and Shabbat songs and blessings every Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman summer.” 941.379.1997

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OPENING NIGHT

Violins of Hope – The Len Mazur Memorial Concert Featuring soloist Shlomo Mintz with live music provided by members of the Sarasota Orchestra Wednesday, February 1, 2017 • 8:00pm Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota $54.00 | $36.00 A Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes Opening by Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni Monday, February 6, 2017 • 7:00pm Riverview High School Auditorium Sponsored by Jewish National Fund $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Community Outreach Performance Featuring Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni Monday, February 13, 2017 • 7:00pm First United Methodist Church Sponsored by Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

CLOSING NIGHT

Community Outreach Performance Featuring Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 7:00pm Temple Beth Sholom Sponsored by The Mazur Family Fund $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 10:30am Temple Beth Israel Sponsored by Bob and Judy Vigder $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

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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 2017 January 4, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Newcomers Reception New to the area? New to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee? You are invited to a reception to connect with other members of the Jewish community. The Francis Free; space is limited; RSVP required Ilene Fox, 941.343.2111 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 5, 10:30 a.m. Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series “Moving Pictures: Films about the Holocaust” presented by Dr. Andre Krauss Zell Room on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Brandeis University on Wheels Talk by a Brandeis professor and continental breakfast Prestancia Country Club $45 Barbara Sander, neverbetterii@aol.com January 9, 7:00 p.m. Movie Screening: Defiance Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Temple Sinai Free 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

January 10, 10:00 a.m. Club Fed Lecture Series – Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Holiness Lecture 1: The Nature of Jerusalem in its Physical Setting Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 10, 7:00 p.m. Human Trafficking Awareness Program NCJW and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee jointly present a program on Human Trafficking Awareness. Southern Florida and the Bay area rank third in the country for number of vulnerable victims. Video is geared to reach young teens. Q&A and dessert reception. Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus Free 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 11, 6:00 p.m. Fifty Shades of J An opportunity for singles and couples to meet new and old friends. Ages 50 and over welcome. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. El Greco, Sarasota 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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January 13, 7:00 p.m. “The Lost Jews of Egypt” Dine and journey with Clem Soffer as he takes you through his personal experiences of the destruction of the ancient Jewish community in Egypt. The Chabad House, Bradenton $25; $18 early-bird discount before January 5 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com January 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival Eat in or take out Jewish gastronomical delights Temple Sinai Free 941.924.1802 or www.sinaisrq.org January 16, 10:30 a.m. PJ Library MLK Day of Service PJ Library, in partnership with Hershorin Schiff Community Day School and Aviva, host a day of service for young children and their families to learn about tikkun olam and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Aviva: A Campus for Senior Living Free for families with young children Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events

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Calendar January 18, 11:00 a.m. Women in Power Luncheon National Council of Jewish Women will honor four deserving women who have made a difference in our community: KT Curran, Sue Jacobson, Dr. Lisa Merritt and Bunny Skirboll Michael’s On East $75 Geri Serot, 941.556.9363 January 19, 7:00 p.m. UN Watch with Hillel Neuer Educational event about the relationship between Israel and the UN. International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist, Hillel C. Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, will tell us about the biases that he witnesses within the UN every day. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, and Hannah and Norman Weinberg. Temple Beth Sholom $15 in advance; $18 at the door Info: Jessi Sheslow, 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@jfedsrq.org Register: 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 20, 11:00 a.m “The Future of Holocaust Education” Discussion led by Dr. Thomas Hecht, Holocaust survivor and founder of the Begin-Sadat Center in Israel Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $3 per student 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org

Southeast. Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus Free Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events January 25, 9:30 a.m. ORT America “Game Day Luncheon” Heritage Oaks Country Club $38 Diane Rosenblum, 941.216.4216 or diane6412@gmail.com January 25, noon Lunch and Learn – Israel Boycott/ Divestments/Sanctions National Council of Jewish Women’s Lunch and Learn program about the current state of Israeli BDS. Bring a dairy lunch. Q&A and dessert reception. Free

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Federation Campus Limited seating; 941.342.1855 January 27, 7:30 p.m. Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Steven Windmueller, American scholar, Jewish communal professional and professor emeritus at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles Temple Emanu-El Free 941.371.2788 January 28, 6:30 p.m. Boas and Bowties: Celebrating 90 Memorable Years Roaring ’20s extravaganza celebrating Temple Beth Sholom and 90 years of Jewish life in Sarasota Temple Beth Sholom Cost TBD 941.955.8121

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Michael’s On The Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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February 1, 8:00 p.m. Violins of Hope Opening Night The Len Mazur Memorial Concert Featured soloist and members of the Sarasota Orchestra The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Tickets start at $36 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope February 5, 9:30 a.m. World Wide Wrap at Temple Beth Sholom Join the Jewish community from across the world in putting on t’fillin. The program includes a service, brunch and lecture. Temple Beth Sholom Free 941.955.8121

The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

January 31, 10:00am Club Fed Lecture Series – Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Holiness Lecture 2: Jerusalem of Judaism Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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February 6, 7:00 p.m. A Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes Opening by Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni Riverview High School Auditorium, Sarasota $12.50 in advance; $15 day of event 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

January 29, 3:00 p.m. International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Rescue in Albania With special guest speaker Floreta Faber, the Albanian Ambassador to the United States Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus Free 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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February 7, 10:30 a.m. A Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes Opening by Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni Temple Beth Israel $12.50 in advance; $15 day of event 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope

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is thrilled to be the Lead Sponsor of AT SELBY GARDENS Our • Federation FEBRUARY - &JULY 2017 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Jean Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series featuring Marc Chagall’s The Lovers, a 1937 painting on loan from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

JEAN AND ALFRED GOLDSTEIN EXHIBITION SERIES The painting focuses on the artist’s love of flowers and botanical images, yet also has great Jewish symbolism. For more information, visit selby.org

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Calendar February 9, 7:30 p.m. Violins of Hope Community Outreach Performance Featuring State College of Florida’s Presidential String Quartet Neel Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Bradenton $10 in advance; $15 day of event 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope February 10, 9:30 a.m. Club Fed Hits the Road Florida Holocaust Museum The Bielski Brothers Exhibit and special guest speaker Assi Weinstein, daughter of the youngest Bielski brother $55, includes transportation, docent tour and lunch Debbie Sanford, 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org

February 10, 7:30 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Interfaith Shabbat Celebration Sponsored by the Social Action Committee Temple Emanu-El Free Barbara Gerber, bsgerber@comcast.net February 11, 10:00 a.m. PJ Library Tu B’Shevat Party In partnership with Temple EmanuEl, PJ Library invites young families to celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a tour of the orange grove and wildlife rescue, games and playtime, plus bagels and fruit. Mixon Fruit Farms, Bradenton Free Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events

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Melissa Howard Couvert will include reserved seating at the Len Mazur Memorial Concert/Opening Night of Violins of Hope following the dinner. Minimum gift of $6,000 to the 2017 development efforts of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is required.

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February 12, 1:00 p.m. Tu B’Shevat Picnic and Children’s Day Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with stories, games, crafts, kosher refreshments, and plantings to take home Lido Beach Pavilion $7.00 per adult; children free 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org February 12, 6:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood Dinner Speaker’s Program Featuring Doug Fernandes, sports columnist for Sarasota Herald-Tribune Temple Emanu-El $10 Barry Gerber, blgerber@comcast.net February 13, 7:00 p.m. Violins of Hope Community Outreach Performance Featuring Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni First United Methodist Church, Sarasota $12.50 in advance; $15 day of event 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope February 14, 10:30 a.m. Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series “Moving Pictures: Films about the Holocaust” presented by Dr. Andre Krauss Zell Room on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events February 15, noon Sophisticated Ladies Tour London! Luncheon and fashion show. Proceeds benefit the Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood’s mission to provide scholarships and support to religious school, summer camp, and other children’s needs. Temple Beth Sholom $50 Grace Goldstein, 941.366.4774

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Calendar February 16, 7:00 p.m. Violins of Hope Closing Night Featuring Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast Alumni Temple Beth Sholom $12.50 in advance; $15 day of event 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/violins-of-hope February 19, 10:00 a.m. Jewish Food Festival Delicious home-cooked ethnic foods and baked goods, raffles, live music, community booths and displays. Dine under the spacious tent or take home special dishes for supper or freeze for later enjoyment. Jewish Congregation of Venice 941.484.2022 or www.jewishcongregationofvenice.org February 19, 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Jennifer Singer’s Ordination Brunch honoring Jennifer’s ordination from Aleph Alliance Michael’s On East 941.244.2042 or www.congkh.org February 21, 7:00 a.m. 2nd Annual Heschel/King Breakfast Light of the World Church, Sarasota Join The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee for a breakfast honoring Black History Month by commemorating the strong friendship between the black and Jewish communities throughout history and in Sarasota. Honorees: Nelle Miller and Pastor John Walker. $10; a table of 10 is $75 Info: Jessi Sheslow, 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@jfedsrq.org Register: 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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February 21, 10:00 a.m. Club Fed Lecture Series – Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Holiness Lecture 3: Jerusalem of Christianity Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events February 21, 7:30 p.m. Kosher Cooking and Tasting Gala Master Chef competition, kosher tasting buffet and more The Chabad House, Bradenton $10 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com February 24, 5:30 p.m. STEP Out for a Hillel Shabbat The STEP Program of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and FGCU Hillel are partnering for this Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner, college style. Open to high school students from Sarasota and Manatee counties. Free and bus transportation will be provided. Florida Gulf Coast University Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events February 25, 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai’s Annual Fundraising Gala Sail away for an evening full of food, drinks, dancing and auctions Temple Sinai www.sinaisrq.org February 26, 10:30 a.m. Eight Over 80 Brunch and entertainment, recognizing eight honorees Michael’s On East $125 941.357.1609 or Sanderson@JewishHCF.org

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February 26, 4:00 p.m. “Romantic Piano Impressions” Concert piano performance of world-renowned Russian-Israeli virtuoso Eleanora Lvov Al Katz Center Donations appreciated 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org February 28, 5:30 p.m. Expert Panel on Radical Islam Dr. Thomas Hecht and Dr. Mordechai Kedar present a timely and illuminating lecture on radical Islam Al Katz Center $12 per adult; $5 per student 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org

March 2017 March 1, 9:30 a.m. Club Fed Hits the Road Dali Museum Frida Kahlo Exhibit $65, includes transportation, docent tour and lunch at Acropolis Debbie Sanford, 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org March 4, 10:00 a.m. Temple Emanu-El Strawberry Fields Shabbat A Shabbat morning for young families in the strawberry fields Hunsader Farms Limited free spaces Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, 941.379.1997 March 4, 5:00 p.m. Club Sholom honors its Man of the Year Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club gala featuring a gourmet kosher dinner catered by Michael’s On East, entertainment and music Temple Beth Sholom Cost TBD 941.955.8121

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Calendar March 5, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jewish Public Art Show Featuring stunning artworks by local Jewish artists in various mediums for viewing and purchase. At 2:00 p.m., delight in a performance by worldrenowned Russian-Israeli pianist Eleonora Lvov. Al Katz Center Donations appreciated 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org March 5, 4:00 p.m. STEP/StandWithUs Presentation with Rayna Exelbierd Hear from SWU Southeast High School Coordinator, Rayna Exelbierd, about combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the complex issues involving Israel. Zell Room on Federation Campus Free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are a must Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events

March 7, 10:00 a.m. Club Fed Lecture Series – Jerusalem: 3000 Years of Holiness Lecture 4: Jerusalem of Islam Beatrice Friedman Theater on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events March 8 & 9, 8:30 a.m. Estate/Rummage Sale Sale hosted by Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood with all proceeds benefiting the religious school of Temple Emanu-El Temple Emanu-El 941.371.2788 March 8, 10:30 a.m. Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series “Moving Pictures: Films about the Holocaust” presented by Dr. Andre Krauss Zell Room on Federation Campus $18 for the entire series 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

March 9, 10:00 a.m. Women of Sinai Mah Jongg and More Door prizes, continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, dessert and much more Temple Sinai www.sinaisrq.org March 12-19 Various times and locations The 8th Annual Jewish Film Festival Opening Night at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota; all other showings at Regal Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota Presented by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, this year’s event will feature films about Jewish life, culture and Israel, which expose viewers to a variety of historical events and human experiences. Tickets start at $12 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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Purim-related events: March 5-12, 2017 March 5, 10:00 a.m. Purim Pandemonium Megillah reading, parade, games, bounce house, carnival extravaganza Temple Emanu-El 941.378.5567 March 10, 8:30 p.m. Megillah & Havdalah Night Megillah reading and Lechaims Chabad Jewish Center, Venice 941.493.2770 or www. chabadofvenice.com March 11, 3:00 p.m. Grand Purim Party Purim in the Shtetl with klezmer band

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Chabad Jewish Center, Venice 941.493.2770 or www.chabadofvenice.com March 11, 6:30 p.m. Purim Party Costumes, Megillah reading, food, entertainment Cong. Kol HaNeshama 941.244.2042 or www.congkh.org March 11, 7:00 p.m. Adult Megillah Reading and Party Temple Beth Sholom will follow its Megillah reading with a party Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121

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March 12, 11:00 a.m. Family Purim Celebration Families are invited to TBS for a fun-filled Purim celebration Temple Beth Sholom Cost TBA 941.955.8121 March 12, 1:00 p.m. Purim in Morocco Moroccan-inspired luncheon, Moroccan-themed masquerade, music, henna and entertainment The Chabad House, Bradenton $18 adult, 12 child (3-12) 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

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Calendar March 17-18, Freund Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Alan Cooper, software designer, programmer and author, known as the “Father of Virtual Basic,” will speak at services on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Temple Beth Sholom 941.955.8121 March 21, 11:30 a.m. JFCS Celebrity Chefs Golf Challenge The Resort at Longboat Key Club $350 (includes one ticket to Celebrity Chefs that evening) 941.366.2224 x142 or mcaldwell@JFCS-Cares.org March 21, 6:00 p.m. JFCS Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting Over 25 restaurants under the tent, with live band, auction, wines and specialty drinks The Resort at Longboat Key Club $100 941.366.2224 x142 or mcaldwell@JFCS-Cares.org March 25, 4:00 p.m. Original Musical Comedy, Time and Tide CHJ at Unity $20 in advance; $25 at the door 941.929.7771 or chjsarasota@hotmail.com March 26, 7:00 a.m. Temple Emanu-El Golf Tournament Organized by Brotherhood/Sisterhood in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Palm Aire Country Club, Sarasota $125 per player

Register to play, Barry Gerber, blgerber@comcast.net March 26, 3:30 p.m. Chazzan Cliff Abramson Cantorial concert and dinner In addition to customary liturgical music, there will be music from Israel, Ladino and Yiddish music, a touch of Broadway and opera Temple Sinai www.sinaisrq.org March 31, 9:00 a.m. PJ Library Model Seder In partnership with Chabad of Sarasota, PJ Library invites young families to a kid-friendly model Seder just in time for Pesach. Fun and interactive. Chabad of Sarasota Free Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events

April 2017 April 9, 9:00 a.m. STEP Leadership Training In partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, STEP will sponsor the second of a free, two-part leadership training for high school students from Sarasota and Manatee counties. Zell Room on Federation Campus Free Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events

April 17 - May 27 Exhibit – Anne Frank: A History for Today Selby Public Library, Sarasota Free Orna Nissan, 941.552.6305 or onissan@jfedsrq.org April 19, 9:30 a.m. Club Fed Hits the Road Lowry Zoo and Park, Tampa $40 - transportation provided; lunch on your own Debbie Sanford, 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.org April 19, 7:00 p.m. Insider Tips to College Admission Take the stress and guess out of college admissions with this comprehensive presentation by founder of My College Resource, Debra Landesberg. Zell Room on Federation Campus Free Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: www.jfedsrq.org/events April 23, 11:30 a.m. ORT America “Fashion Show Luncheon” Lakewood Ranch Country Club $54 Melissa Howard, 941.587.8166 or mfox80@hotmail.com April 24, 11:00 a.m. “Yom HaShoah: Escape from Sobibor” Al Katz Center $7 per adult; $3 per student; Holocaust survivors free 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org

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Calendar May 2017 May 1, 5:30 p.m. “Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut: From Mourning to Rejoicing” Songs, movies, music and kosher foods. At 6:00 p.m., world-renowned Russian-Israeli piano virtuoso Eleonora Lvov will perform a concert. Al Katz Center $7 per adult; $3 per student 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org May 2, noon JFCS Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon The Francis $45 941.366.2224, x142 or mcaldwell@JFCS-Cares.org May 7, noon Mitzvah Day Hands-on community service projects and donation drives for all ages and abilities Temple Emanu-El 941.379.1997 May 7, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration Family-friendly holiday celebration Venue TBD Orna Nissan, 941.552.6305 or onissan@jfedsrq.org May 14, noon Lag B’Omer Family Celebration & Bonfire Bonfire, entertainment and BBQ The Chabad House, Bradenton Free; food fees apply 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com

May 14, 6:00 p.m. Lag B’Omer BBQ on the Beach Delicious food, exciting drum circle, great entertainment and beautiful view Harbor Drive, Venice Free 941.493.2770 or www.chabadofvenice.com May 21, 10:00 a.m. Chagall Paint and Petting Instrument Zoo Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni. A family day to enjoy paint by number, musical instruments and the gardens. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Free 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events May 24, 11:00 a.m. Yom Yerushalayim: Film Footage, Eyewitness Testimonies, and Concert Rejoice in the miraculous reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 with Israeli veterans, Israeli music, kosher foods, songs, and “Music of Miracles” concert performance at 1:00 p.m. by Eleonora Lvov, internationally-acclaimed Russian-Israeli pianist. Al Katz Center $7 per adult; $3 per student 941.313.9239 or www.alkatzcenter.org May 30, 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 Glickman Temple Emanu-El $18 for guests 941.371.2788

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May 30, 7:00 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot Evening of Jewish learning and Dairy Dessert/Reception Program Temple Sinai www.sinaisrq.org May 31, 6:00 p.m. Shavuot Dairy Fest Reading of the Ten Commandments, dairy buffet, children’s program The Chabad House Free 941.752.3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com May 31, 6:00 p.m. Shavuot Ice Cream Party Shavuot ice cream party and light dairy buffet; reading of the Ten Commandments Free Chabad Jewish Center, Venice 941.493.2770 or www.chabadofvenice.com

June 2017 June 3, 5:00 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 June 7, 9:30 a.m. PJ Library Spring Fling Celebrate the end of the school year with a visit to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Enjoy story time, games and the opportunity to tour the gardens at your leisure. Free for families with young children; RSVP required Info: Andrea Eiffert, 941.552.6308 or aeiffert@jfedsrq.org Register: 866.465.3995 or www.jfedsrq.org/events

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2017 Candle lighting times for the Sarasota-Manatee area: January 6: 5:33 pm January 13: 5:38 pm January 20: 5:44 pm January 27: 5:50 pm February 3: 5:55 pm February 10: 6:00 pm February 17: 6:05 pm February 24: 6:10 pm March 3: 6:14 pm March 10: 6:18 pm March 17: 7:22 pm March 24: 7:25 pm March 31: 7:29 pm April 7: 7:33 pm April 10, Eve of First day Passover: 7:34 pm April 11, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:28 pm April 14: 7:36 pm April 16, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:37 pm April 17, Eve of Eighth day Passover: after 8:32 pm April 21: 7:40 pm April 28: 7:44 pm May 5: 7:48 pm May 12: 7:52 pm May 19: 7:56 pm May 26: 8:00 pm May 30, Eve of First day Shavuot: 8:02 pm May 31, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:59 pm June 2: 8:03 pm June 9: 8:06 pm June 16: 8:09 pm June 23: 8:10 pm June 30: 8:11 pm July 7: 8:11 pm

July 14: 8:09 pm July 21: 8:07 pm July 28: 8:03 pm August 4: 7:58 pm August 11: 7:53 pm August 18: 7:46 pm August 25: 7:40 pm September 1: 7:32 pm September 8: 7:24 pm September 15: 7:16 pm September 20, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:10 pm September 21, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: a fter 8:02 pm September 22: 7:08 pm September 29, Eve of Yom Kippur: 7:00 pm October 4, Eve of First day Sukkot: 6:54 pm

October 5, Eve of Second day Sukkot: after 7:46 pm October 6: 6:52 pm October 11, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:47 pm October 12, Eve of Simchat Torah: after 7:39 pm October 13: 6:45 pm October 20: 6:38 pm October 27: 6:32 pm November 3: 6:27 pm November 10: 5:23 pm November 17: 5:20 pm November 24: 5:18 pm December 1: 5:17 pm December 8: 5:18 pm December 15: 5:20 pm December 22: 5:23 pm December 29: 5:27 pm

2017 (5777/5778) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu B’Shevat: February 11 (Saturday) Purim: March 12 (Sunday) Passover (Pesach): April 11 (Tuesday) Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 24 (Monday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): May 1 (Monday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): May 2 (Tuesday) Lag B’Omer: May 14 (Sunday) Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim): May 24 (Wednesday) Shavuot: May 31 (Wednesday) Tisha B’Av: August 1 (Tuesday) Rosh HaShanah 5778: September 21 (Thursday) Yom Kippur: September 30 (Saturday) Sukkot: October 5 (Thursday) Shemini Atzeret: October 12 (Thursday) Simchat Torah: October 13 (Friday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 13 (Wednesday)

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Index Adult Education 90-101 Advocacy groups 76-78 AIPAC Policy Conference 116 Al Katz Center 71 Alexander Muss High School in Israel Program 116 American Friends of Magen David Adom 80 American Israel Public Affairs Committee 77 American Jewish Committee 76 American Technion Society 81 Anti-Defamation League 76 Association of Professional Jewish Artists 72 Aviva 87 Babyccino 103 BBYO 111 Book discussion groups 26-27 Brandeis National Committee – Sarasota Chapter 73 Calendar of community events 121-128 Camp Barney Medintz 110 Camp Coleman 109 Camp Gan at Temple Sinai 108 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Bradenton 108 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Sarasota 107 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Venice 107 Camp Grant programs 107 Camp Judaea 109 Camp Ramah Darom 110 Camp Shalom 109 Camps 107-110 Candle lighting times 129 Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton 105 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 53 Chabad of Sarasota 59 Chabad of Sarasota Kaplan Preschool 103 Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 105 Chabad of Venice & North Port 57 Chabad of Venice Hebrew School 106 Chevra Kadisha 88 Classes 90-101 Club Fed 35, 70 Community history 60-64 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 50 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 51 Congregation Ner Tamid 54 Consulate General of Israel for Florida and Puerto Rico 81 CTeen: Chabad of Bradenton 114 e-newsletter 19 130

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Education, adult 90-101 Education, children 102-110 Education scholarships 116 Federation 10-17 Fight Anti-Semitism Today (FAST) program 15 Fifty Shades of J 70 Film 20-21 Florida Holocaust Museum 32 Food festivals 42-43 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 79 Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai 102 Generations After 30 Hebrew/Religious Schools 104-106 Hershorin Schiff Community Day School 103 Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative 15 Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL 31 Holocaust programming 30 Hospice 87 Israel Connection 79-82 Jewish Campus Engagement Associate 111 Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch 74 Jewish Congregation of Venice 56 Jewish Congregation of Venice Religious School 106 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 84-86 Jewish Federation 10-17 Jewish Film Festival 20 Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL 70 Jewish holidays 129 Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU 33 Jewish National Fund 82 Jewish Outreach 117-119 Jewish War Veterans – Sarasota County Post #172 72 Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch 55 Kosher Consumers Council 88 Kosher/Jewish food providers 88 Ma’agal Nashim (Women’s Giving Circle) 17, 73 March of the Living Mission 115 Museums 31-33 Nashim L’Tova (Women for Good) 71 National Council of Jewish Women 69 Newcomers Reception 107 Organizations 66-82 ORT America 66 Outreach 117-119 Paver Religious School 105 PJ Library® 102 Preschools/Day Schools 102-103

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Index SaBra Hadassah 67 Sarasota BBYO 111 Sarasota Jewish Chorale 68 Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva 90 Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association 74 Scholar-in-Residence programs 28-29 Schools 102-106 Send-A-Kid-to-Israel (SKIP) Program 115 Shapiro Teen Engagement Pathways Initiative 115 Simon Wiesenthal Center 77 Sister Cities Association of Sarasota 80 Speakers/Lectures 34-36 Special interest groups 66-74 StandWithUs 78 STEP Fellowship 115 Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee 58 Synagogues 46-59 Teen Federation programs 115-116 Temple Beth El Bradenton 52 Temple Beth El Bradenton Religious School 106 Temple Beth El North Port Jewish Center 58

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Temple Beth Israel 48 Temple Beth Sholom 47 Temple Beth Sholom Youth Groups 111 Temple Emanu-El 46 Temple Emanu-El Confirmation Class 112 Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center 102 Temple Emanu-El ELC Summer Camp 107 Temple Emanu-El Religious School 106 Temple Emanu-El Youth Group 112 Temple Sinai 49 Temple Sinai Confirmation Class 113 Temple Sinai Kesher, JOOSY, SAFETY 112 Temple Sinai Religious School 104 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee 10-17 The Jewish News monthly newspaper 18 Theater 38-39 Tidewell Hospice 87 Veterans 72 Women for Good 71 Women’s Giving Circle 17, 73 Youth groups 111-114

service organizations, synagogues and Jewish day schools. In Sarasota-Manatee, the program is funded by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in order to secure the future of our Jewish community.

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Directory of Advertisers Agencies/Organizations

American Technion Society 95 Gulf Coast Community Foundation 94 Hadassah 27 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 72 Jewish National Fund 33 National Council of Jewish Women 94 ORT America 76 Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation 85

Attorneys

Dan Dannheisser Back Cover Ira Stewart Wiesner 77

Book Stores

BookStore1Sarasota 27

Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 4

Chevra Kadisha

Sarasota-Manatee Chevra Kadisha 53

Education

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School 103 Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning 34 University of South Florida 93

Financial

Allegiant Private Advisors 2 Feldman Wealth Advisory 60 Mariash Lowther Wealth Management 74 Penny Hill Group, EverBank 23 PNC Wealth Management Inside Front Cover Udell Associates 34

Funeral Homes

Hebrew Memorial 87 Toale Brothers 87

Health & Medical Services Coastal Eye Institute 86 Dr. Rebecca S. Cohen 70 Freeman Orthodontics 42 Dr. Stacy Lynn Greeter 15 Dr. Ruth Rojas 70 Sarasota Foot Care Center 71 Tarpon Shores Dental 76 Urolology Treatment Center 6 Andrea Verier, MA, MS, LMHC 45

Media

Observer Media Group Inside Back Cover Seniors Blue Book 61 WUSF 22

Performing Arts/Film Florida Studio Theatre 22 The Players Theatre 39 Sarasota Film Festival 89 Venice Theatre 38

Printing, Marketing Serbin 32 Spotlight Graphics 69

Real Estate

Barbara Ackerman, Coldwell Banker 19 The Collier Group, Michael Saunders & Company 28 Stacy Hanan, Michael Saunders & Company 91 Ian Black Real Estate 24 Sheldon Paley, Premier Sotheby’s 31

Restaurants/Food/Catering Michael’s On East 29 Paisano’s Italian Bakery 42 Tableseide Restaurant Group 5

Senior Living Alternatives Aviva 3 Lakehouse West 17 The Glendridge on Palmer Ranch 1

Senior Services

Pines of Sarasota 21 Right at Home 35 Take Care Home Health 88

Synagogues

Congregation Aryeh Yehuda 59 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 20 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 79 Jewish Congregation of Venice 30 Temple Beth El Bradenton 35 Temple Beth Israel 25 Temple Beth Sholom 83 Temple Emanu-El 65 Temple Sinai 43, 75

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Hotels

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Connections Sarasota-Manatee - 2017 edition  

2017 Guide to Jewish Living in Sarasota-Manatee published by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

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