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Volume 46, Number 8

You have the vote!

By Fran Braverman and Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director


he mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is: “To strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel.” In order to advance the achievement of that mission each and every day, we carefully select the projects to which we grant money, the programs we run, and the organizations with which we partner. It is through your personal donation – and the donations of thousands of members of our community – to The Jewish Federation that we are able to provide services of such breadth and depth in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel, and throughout the world. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, we have the opportunity to grant $20,000 to a project that responds to identified needs in our local Jewish community. Our leadership met to discuss a number of local projects that directly support our Federation’s mission. Below are three projects that our leadership determined would satisfy the donor’s wish and would have the greatest impact on pressing local needs: 1. Emergency financial assistance for Jews in need in Sarasota-Manatee. These funds would be administered by case workers at JFCS, and given to Jewish families/individuals who require critical assistance with rent, food, utility payments and more. 2. Aging in place for Holocaust survivors in Sarasota-Manatee. It costs $4,000 per year to

provide four hours of weekly light housekeeping services, medicine management, and food shopping assistance to a Holocaust survivor in his/her own home. These services allow the homebound elderly to stay in their homes, as opposed to being relocated to an assisted-living facility. 3. Subsidies for high school students in SarasotaManatee attending Jewish youth conferences. These funds would be earmarked to provide subsidies of up to $500 per student to attend educational and leadership conferences sponsored by BBYO, NFTY, USY and Chabad. Funds would be distributed by The Federation using a process similar to those used for overnight camp incentive grants. Now it’s your turn! As a Federation donor, your opinion is very important to us. Please tell us which of these projects you feel is most deserving of this grant. To vote and express your choice, visit www. You have until September 1, 2016, to cast your vote! All three projects are very worthy of support, but we would like you, our donors, to choose the one that most resonates for you. For more information on this voting opportunity, please contact Kim Mullins at 941.552.6300 or For more information about our Federation’s development efforts, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or

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The Federation awards $43,150 in religious school scholarships By Federation Staff


onors to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee make a meaningful impact not only around the world but also in our local community. Due to their generosity, The Federation is able to provide local youth with need-based religious school scholarships. For the 2015-16 school year, The Federation awarded $43,150 to 102 students. Responses from both the religious schools and families illustrate the benefits of this Federation program. “I want to thank you and your lay leaders for making the decision to directly support synagogue-based learn-

ing through scholarships to needy families. We consider it an expression of confidence in what we are doing for both children and families, and appreciate the partnership we can have over this important work,” said Susan Kittner Huntting, the religious school director at Temple Sinai in Sarasota. We also received these comments from two parents of scholarship recipients: “Thank you again for all you do and for ensuring our children get a Jewish education and foundation. An enormous thank you to The Federation!” “We are so grateful for the finan-

cial support this scholarship provides for our family and our synagogue. Religious school is our top priority when it comes to our three children, so thank you for making that possible this year! They gain leadership skills, confidence and security in who they are as Jews by going to religious school. We can’t thank you enough!” Many thanks to Federation supporters and leaders who make these scholarships possible. The deadline to

receive applications for the 2016-2017 school year is August 31. For information about religious school scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year, visit help/religious-school-scholarship, or contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or

Federation supports anti-bullying program in Sarasota County schools By Federation Staff


tudents perform better in school when they feel safe in their environment, are interconnected with their teachers and peers, and when they can confidently engage in their educational surroundings. That’s why The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee recently joined forces with the Sarasota County school district and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to expand the “Restorative Strategies” program to several Sarasota County middle schools. The Federation invested $15,000 to implement the first stages of the initiative. “The Restorative Strategies initiative will build on the district’s successful Positive Behavior Support program, in which students are taught appropriate behaviors and are rewarded for practicing such behaviors,” says Sarasota County School Superin-

tendent Lori White. White explains that Positive Behavior Support teaches about setting expectations, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Restorative Strategies builds on those areas by adding lessons on exhibiting empathy, working in small groups to address problem behaviors, and identifying alternative actions. “The aim of Restorative Strategies is to build and repair relationships as a means to strengthen the school community environment. We don’t want any student to feel either unsafe, misunderstood, bullied or overwhelmed,” says Jennifer Vigne, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “The program helps students choose appropriate behaviors and resolve interpersonal conflicts before behavioral problems develop.” She adds that the program serves to


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Alice Berkowitz: Passionate about giving back


By Jessica Zelitt, Mimi and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern

mom does not let me play with Jewlove of freedom, which is still foremost global activists who care deeply about ish kids.” As the years went on, Alice to Jews across the world.” the Jewish future. These women set an vowed to not be bullied by prejudice, exemplary standard of leadership and In Sarasota, Alice continues to but instead, to find ways to embrace giving. generously support the Jewish comand promote generosity “Lion of Judah gives munity through her ties with The Jewand acceptance. ish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. women a forum to play a Alice learned about She recognizes the importance of givvital role in creating social the importance of giving back to the Jewish community she justice and building Jewing back to the Jewish is a part of, because she wants “to help ish identity,” says Alice. community from her ensure the continuity of the Jewish “It also provides fellowfamily. Her parents were people.” ship and community for very involved with their Alice is also a great supporter of them.” synagogue and their Israel, her love for the country beginAlice also served on Jewish Federation. She ning even before it was a state. “Israel the National Women’s says she’s happy to reis important to me because it is a star Board of UJA. During her port that her three chilin the sky for Jews everywhere to look tenure with the organizadren, six grandchildren to,” she says. tion, she traveled to Israel. Alice Berkowitz and four great-grandchildren have all An unforgettable moment for her was Jessica Zelitt is a recipient of the Mimi inherited the family philanthropy gene, climbing to the top of Masada – “a and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern especially when it comes to serving the place of stark beauty.” She reminds us Scholarship, a program funded by MirJewish community. that Masada “is the spot that marks one iam Edlin in memory of her husband. Indeed, philanthropy has been her of the most dramatic episodes in JewShe will be attending the University of life’s work. Alice is renowned for her South Florida in Tampa in the fall. ish history. It remains a reminder of the philanthropic accomplishments both in this community and nationwide. One of her more significant leadership roles was serving as the chair of the General Assembly for The Jewish Federations of North America. She organized the conference when it was held in Indianapolis, supervising more than 40 committees over a period of We Pay Top Dollar for Your two years. Alice Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, IWC & More! was also responsible for coordinatROLEX Service 4180 South Tamiami EXPERT FINE WATCH REPAIR Overhaul $350 ing transportation Sarasota, FL MODERN & VINTAGE (VALUE $795) and lodging for the (Just South of Walt’s Fish Market) Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Restrictions may apply. SHOP ONLINE thousands of par941.953.1315 Must present coupon. Expires 8/31/16. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm ticipants. In addition, Alice was one BUY | SELL | TRADE | SERVICE | RESTORATION of the first members of the Lion of Judah, an internaAlice Berkowitz (fifth from right in second row) in Israel with UJA tional sisterhood of

ll communities rely on generous people who give their time, energy and money to programs, events and causes. Alice Berkowitz is one of these generous people. She not only contributes to the Jewish community in our area, she also gives to 7 causes throughout Jessica Zelitt the United States. s Alice was born in Pittsburgh, 7 /Pennsylvania. When she was only six rmonths old, her family moved to India3napolis, so her father could open a new business – manufacturing rayon undergarments. Alice began working in the factory as she got older. Today, this thriving business, now called Indiana Knitwear, manufactures apparel that is sold in retail stores across the United States. Growing up, Alice was constantly teased because she was Jewish. She remembers a time in third grade when her friends asked her to play with them on a Friday night. She told them she couldn’t because she was Jewish and celebrated Shabbat on Fridays. After revealing this, one of the girls said, “My

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e , ,By Federation Staff he Jewish Federation of Sara, sota Manatee is pleased to e announce the Melissa Wides Foundation Education Scholarship, a new education scholarship. Eligible candidates should be pursuing undergraduate studies in a two- or four-year college, university or vocational program; have demonstrated financial need; and documented psychological, physical, behavioral or emotional limitations. Also considered will be students majoring in an area


of study that will, in some way, assist special-needs individuals, such as psychiatry, psychology or social work. Students with a strong work ethic who are committed to contributing financially to their education and who give back to their community in a meaningful way are desirable candidates. For more information, please contact Andrea Eiffert, Teen and Family Program Coordinator, at 941.552.6308 or

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A world of interest in “Basic Judaism” By Marden Paru, Dean, Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva

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PUBLISHER The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: Website: Published Monthly Volume 46, Number 8 August 2016 28 pages USPS Permit No. 167 September 2016 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: July 28, 2016 Advertising: August 1, 2016 PRESIDENT Patti Wertheimer EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR Linda Lipson CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER Kim Mullins MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi PROOFREADERS Adeline Silverman, Bryna Tevlowitz MIMI AND JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERNS Phoenix Berman, Jessica Zelitt MISSION STATEMENT: The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee strives to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish community partners. OPINIONS printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, its Board of Directors or staff.


ow in its sixth year, the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is experiencing an unusual growth phenomenon not envisioned at its inception: a student body which now includes a small minority of non-Jewish enrollees. This year alone, our adult Jewish education courses have drawn in diverse adherents of Christianity who identify as Mennonites, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Messianic Jews and mainstream Protestants. Without any advertising to the public at large, the Yeshiva has only promoted course offerings through the local Jewish media: The Jewish News and online Jewish listserves. Yet, many new friends of the Jewish community are finding their way to our classes. As you might imagine, the discussions in class surpass everyone’s expectations.

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This phenomenon is, I believe, a direct result of our Jewish Federation’s outreach to the local interfaith community, and a renewal of interest in Judaism and Israel by enlightened cadres of Christians throughout the western world. This is good news for Jewish people everywhere. Many of our Jewish students have requested a course on “Basic Judaism” so they can better understand the background and heritage of our great Jewish tradition. A new course is being offered that will present insight into the Jewish transition from biblical to rabbinic Judaism, a review of religious texts, the Hebrew calendar, customs and ceremonies, ethnic differences, ritual choreography, the holidays, and contemporary Jewish practice. We encourage students to bring questions to class

where they will be answered through fascinating group discussion and class materials which will be distributed. Starting Tuesday, August 2, a new eight-week course entitled “Basic Judaism” will take place from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. on The Jewish Federation campus. This course may be particularly helpful to prospective converts, B’nai Anusim (Crypto-Jews), nonJews, and anyone lacking a broad Jewish education. To enroll or inquire about scholarships, please contact me at marden. or 941.379.5655. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution and is partially funded through a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

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there has been a continuous Jewish including all materials. For more inpresence in Eretz Yisrael, the Jews’ formation, contact the temple office at right to the land is being 941.955.8121 or Marden Paru challenged. Archeological at 941.379.5655 or marden. digging proves the veracity and continuity of a Jewish The Chug Ivri group is presence and verifies many comprised of experienced stubiblical events at sites refdents of written and spoken erenced in the Tanach. Hebrew. Hebrew literature This class will review and Israeli newspapers are remany discoveries of the viewed at an advanced intermelast two centuries includdiate level. There is no teacher. Marden Paru ing some of the most curThe goal is to use Hebrew as rent. Please feel free to bring a dairy much as possible through the members’ or parve lunch as well as a 3-ring knowledge and the use of dictionaries. binder. There is no charge for TBS New participants are always welcome! members. Otherwise, registration fee For information, please contact Claire is $40 for the course or $5 per class, Fox at 941.921.3765.

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Former GFA becomes Hershorin Schiff Community Day School By Sharon Kunkel


he former Goldie Feldman Academy (previously known as Temple Beth Sholom Schools) has announced a major gift and a new name. The school is now the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School. In addition to the new name, Community Day has a new logo and associated brand materials. Its new website address is This marks the final stage of the school’s recent evolution, thanks in

part to a generous gift from the Hershorin Schiff Community Schools Foundation and considerable input from benefactors Laura Hershorin and Richard Hershorin. Last summer, GFA incorporated its program as an independent school and began to make decisions about what it should look like in order to best serve our community. “While we will continue to honor our interconnected history with Temple Beth Sholom and past benefactors, we

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crease in enrollment of more than 200 percent, re-accreditation by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council, as well as the nationally-recognized Jewish Community Day School Network (RAVSAK), and a very successful first-ever annual fund effort. The mission of Community Day, which serves students in preschool through 8th grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action. The school offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at or call 941.552.2770.



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August 2016


Directory of Local Temples and Organizations Temples


CHABAD OF BRADENTON & LAKEWOOD RANCH 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, FL 34211 • Telephone: 941.752.3030 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbi Mendy Bukiet

AIPAC (AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE) Elana Rickel, North & Central Florida Area Director, 954.382.6110 or;

CHABAD OF SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES 7700 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34238 • Telephone: 941.925.0770 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

AL KATZ CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS & JEWISH LEARNING, INC. Lawrence Newman, Executive Director, 941.313.9239;

CHABAD OF VENICE & NORTH PORT 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293 • Telephone: 941.493.2770 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbi Sholom Schmerling CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM UNITY, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.929.7771 • Website: CONGREGATION KOL HaNESHAMA (Reconstructionist) Services held at South Gate Comm. Ctr., 3145 Southgate Cir., Sarasota, FL 34239 • Telephone: 941.244.2042 • Email: • Website: • Spiritual Leader: Jennifer Singer CONGREGATION NER TAMID (Pluralistic) 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 10261, Bradenton, FL 34282 • Telephone: 941.755.1231 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbinic Advisor: Rabbi Barbara Aiello • Service Leader: Rena Morano JEWISH CONGREGATION OF VENICE (Independent) 600 N. Auburn Road, Venice, FL 34292 • Telephone: 941.484.2022 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, D.D. • Cantor Marci Vitkus KEHILLAH OF LAKEWOOD RANCH (Conservative) P.O. Box 110497, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 • Telephone: 941.349.8604 or 941.355.0173 • E-Mail: • Student Rabbi Ira Wiesner

AJC (AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE), West Coast Florida Region Brian Lipton, Regional Director, 941.365.4955 or;

AMERICAN TECHNION SOCIETY, Gulf Coast Chapter Chapter Director, 941.378.1500; ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE 561.988.2900 or; ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL AND ASPIRING JEWISH ARTISTS Rabbi Goldie Milgram, President, 914.500.5696 or BBYO NORTH FLORIDA REGION; BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE Rookie Shifrin, President, 941.907.0985 or COLLEGE CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Jeremy Dictor, 608.354.5057 or HADASSAH, Greater Venice Chapter Harriet Davidson, President, 941.492.6025 or HADASSAH, SaBra Chapter Susan Prohofsky, President, 941.404.6636 or THE JEWISH CLUB AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Lenny Drexler, JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF THE SUNCOAST, INC. Rose Chapman, LCSW, President/CEO, 941.366.2224 or; JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Kim Sheintal, President, 941.921.1433 or; JEWISH NATIONAL FUND Uri Smajovits, Northern Florida Director, 727.536.5263 or; JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF SARASOTA COUNTY POST 172 Stan Levinson, Commander, 941.907.6720 or KOBERNICK-ANCHIN-BENDERSON Heidi Brown, CEO, 941.225.8369 or;

TEMPLE BETH EL BRADENTON (Reform) 4200 32nd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 • Telephone: 941.755.4900 • E-Mail: • Website: • Rabbi Michael Sternfield

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN (NCJW), Sarasota-Manatee Section NCJW’s 24-hour answering service, 941.342.1855;

TEMPLE BETH EL - NORTH PORT JEWISH CENTER (Conservative) 3840 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287 • Telephone: 941.423.0300 • Email: • Website:

SARASOTA JEWISH CHORALE Susan Skovronek, 941.355.8011; Arlene Stolnitz, 941.492.6944;

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL (Reform) 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228 • Telephone: 941.383.3428 • E-Mail: Website: • Rabbi Stephen Sniderman

ORT AMERICA Marlies Gluck, Area Development Advisor, 941.371.5522 or Kim Sheintal, Area Development Advisor, 941.921.1433 or

SARASOTA LIBERAL YESHIVA Marden David Paru, Dean, 941.379.5655 or SARASOTA-MANATEE JEWISH HOUSING COUNCIL, INC., supporting Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson senior living community Heidi Brown, CEO, 941.377.0781 or;

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM (Conservative) 1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237 • Telephone: 941.955.8121 • E-mail: Website: • Rabbi Michael Werbow

SARASOTA-MANATEE RABBINIC ASSOCIATION Rabbi Elaine Glickman, President, 941.379.1997 or

TEMPLE EMANU-EL (Reform) 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232 • Telephone: 941.371.2788 • Email: • Website: • Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman

STATE OF ISRAEL BONDS, Florida West Coast Monica DiGiovanni, , 727.282.1124 or;

TEMPLE SINAI (Reform) 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 • Telephone: 941.924.1802 • Email: • Website: • Rabbi Michael Churgel • Hazzan Cliff Abramson

SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION OF SARASOTA Linda Rosenbluth, City Director for Tel Mond Israel,;

SYNAGOGUE COUNCIL OF SARASOTA-MANATEE COUNTIES, INC. Kathy Brooks, President; 941.383.0975 or; ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA, Sarasota/Manatee Chapter Dr. Brent Rubin, President,;

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August 2016


Ed and Betty Rosenthal: Growing an environmentally sustainable future By Phoenix Berman, Mimi and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


d and Betty Rosenthal have a vision. Sustaining the planet’s environment is at the heart of it. They’ve developed a technology that could help stop one of humanity’s destructive practices. What is it? Florikan – a controlled release fertilizer. This revolutionary product is changing the Phoenix Berman industry of environmentally sustainable fertilizer use. It’s an alternative to the misuse and overuse of conventional fertilizers. Ecologists and scientists have warned of the dangers of overuse of conventional fertilizers for years. Sadly, their warnings have been ignored. Fertilizer overuse is common. Florikan’s controlled release fertilizer technology can change this by helping to reduce nutrient runoff, which will also reduce the intensity of algal blooms in waterways – including harmful red tide blooms. That’s not the only way Ed and Betty are making a difference. They’ve also refused to sell any chemical pesticides for the 35 years that Florikan has been in business. Exposure to pesticides by farm workers, and especially to children, has been proven to be harmful. Reducing or eliminating toxic pesticides is a better way to grow crops for the farmer, the consumer and the environment. The Rosenthals know this and they’ve ethically selected the better way. Being ethical businesspeople is not only good for the earth – it’s good for business. “A self-sustaining agriculture and fertilizer industry could help rebuild the United States’ economy by empowering our agricultural sector with constantly replenishing supplies of vital nutrients and not wasting finite resources of phosphate or potassium or other mined nutrients such as magnesium manganese and iron,” says Ed. “Using controlled release fertilizer also means using less, because it’s applied only once per crop cycle. It’s the answer to American sustainability in the long-term future.” Ed is committed to that future; his wife, Betty, shares his vision. In 1982, they launched Florikan ESA – a Sarasota-based manufacturer of environmentally sustainable fertilizer based on Ed’s patented controlled release fertilizer technology. In the years that have followed, the company has earned recognition for its ethical business practices and many prestigious environmental lead-

ership awards from local, state and national agencies. That includes the Gulf Guardian Award from a program administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Florikan ESA is a two-time recipient of that award and the only fertilizer company to be so honored by the EPA. In 2004, the National Society of Professional Engineers recognized Florikan as the Most Innovative New Product. The award was given “for the invention and development of Staged Nutrient Release, an advanced method of feeding crops with nutrients at the specific time the plants require them.”

nity outside of Montreal, where his father had a 2,000-acre farm. He had no desire to be a farmer when he grew up, though. “Farming is a tough life,” he says. “The life of an English teacher seemed a lot more civilized.” But it was not to be. Francophone sentiments ruined that career choice in Quebec. Ed wound up studying polymer chemistry and agricultural plant nutrition. After graduation, he found work at a Canadian company manufacturing grower pots using polymers. Ed continued to refine his expertise in nutrients from fertilizers and matching polymers to control release. His future seemed mapped out. But a shocking epiphany set him on a new path. After his father died, Ed was tasked with breaking down his father’s chemical shed. Logically, he was the man for the job since chemistry was his expertise, after all. He entered the shed – and had his aha moment. Others would see shelves filled with pesticides. To Ed, they were shelves filled with toxic death. Parathion. Malathion. Dursban. Diazinon. Glyphosate. The list went on. Ed knew these products were harmful to human health. He also knew that his father and his neighbors had been using Ed and Betty Rosenthal with grandson Ace Rosenthal (front left) them every day. and friends Matisse Cantero and Gavin “My father died preThe Rosenthal’s son, Eric Rosenmaturely of stomach cancer,” says Ed. thal, helms the firm today. What used “His neighbor died of brain cancer to be a small start-up company is now – also at a young age. I put two and a true multinational, with $30 million two together. Life’s too precious and worth of annual sales. That adds up to money’s just not worth it. I promised a lot of customers around the planet. A myself to never sell toxic products like few are even off the planet. that. I was determined to develop pestThat’s right. Florikan is now litercontrol products that weren’t harmful ally out of this world. to other kinds of life.” In 2013, Ed was asked to be a colThe rest, as they say, is history. Tolaborator on “Veggie,” NASA’s susday, Florikan ESA honors Ed’s promtainable food production system in ise. The products it develops, sells and space. NASA was conducting research markets are environmentally sustainfor a fertilizer for the International able and never toxic. Space Station’s state-of-the-art hydroIn addition to being industry leadponic vegetable garden. They selected ers and internationally known advoa state-of-the-art fertilizer – Florikan’s cates for sustainable agriculture and Nutricote. efficient farming, Ed and Betty are But let’s get down to earth... renowned for their philanthropy and Where did Ed’s passion for susoutreach in our community. They coltainable agriculture begin? laborate with area farms, schools, busiNot surprising – on a farm. Ed was nesses and organizations to spread the raised in a small agricultural commugood word about going green.


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One initiative that’s especially close to their hearts is the Papa Ed and Mimi Rosenthal Organic Sustainabilityw Kibbutz Garden – an organic gardenA they started at Goldie Feldman Acad-F e emy. “Tending to the garden has become part of the school’s curriculum,” saysc Betty. “Each student spends one hour aC day planting seeds, watching the plantsl grow, and then harvesting the crop. It’so a profound experience for them.” SheS adds that after the students harvest theI crops, they donate some of the fruit and vegetables to All Faiths Food Bank soa that they learn about “helping thoseh a who are not as fortunate.” Another beloved initiative is theH Holocaust Remember Me Orchard atw Temple Beth Sholom, which the Rosen-p thals helped to establish. Ed and BettyR were moved to the core by their visitt to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. Of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, 1.5 million were children. The names of these “lost children” have been entered into a database and are remembered with the planting of trees. In partnership with Yad Vashem, Ed and Betty developed the Holocaust Remember Me Orchard at Temple Beth Sholom to memorialize these children through the planting and dedication of fruit trees. Through this initiative, middle school children at Goldie Feldman Academy learn about horticulture and the Holocaust. Creating life on the one hand; remembering those who lost their lives on the other. “It’s a tangible way for these children to grasp the immensity of what happened,” says Ed. “It’s also a way to ensure they will not forget – and to emphatically say ‘never again.’ That’s why the sign to the entrance of the orchard says ‘Zachor,’ which means ‘We must remember.’” “We’d like to see a Remember Me Orchard in every synagogue and school in the United States,” says Betty. Betty and Ed are true global and community leaders who have taken a stand on the side of life. Earth is a very small planet, after all. We’re grateful to share it with mensches like Betty and Ed Rosenthal. Phoenix Berman is a recipient of the Mimi and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern Scholarship, a program funded by Miriam Edlin in memory of her husband. She recently completed her sophomore year at the Sarasota Military Academy where she is an active member of the school’s International Baccalaureate program.


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Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman joins Temple Beth Israel


abbi Stephen L. Sniderman will join Temple Beth Israel as its new spiritual leader. He will commence his service on Monday, August 1. His first service will be on Friday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m., and the entire community is invited. Rabbi Sniderman served most recently as the rabbi of B’er Chayim Congregation in Cumberland, Maryland, since January 2003. He previously served in Champaign, Illinois; Sharon, Pennsylvania; and Rockford, Illinois. “We anticipate Rabbi Sniderman’s arrival with great excitement and are honored and thrilled to welcome him and his lovely family to our temple. His considerable experience and skills will make him a valuable asset to Temple Beth Israel,” said Temple President Robert Vigder. “We are fast becoming the Jewish cultural center of Longboat

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Key, and Rabbi Sniderman’s approach president of the clergy association. He has been involved in interfaith studies to teaching is based in a thorough unand discussions. He has been on the derstanding of our heritage and history and a deep belief in our mission board of several community organizato make our world a better tions and is a member of place.” Rotary. According to Rabbi Rabbi Sniderman was Sniderman, who colborn in Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of York lects books primarUniversity, Toronto, with ily about Jewish history a major in history. He was and general European history: “I am particua graduate student in Eurolarly interested in areas pean history at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore when he where cultures intersect decided he wanted to be and interact with Jewa rabbi. He studied at the ish history. To be able to join a congregation that Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and in Cincin- Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman is as warm and rich culnati, and was ordained in 1975. He turally as the one at Temple Beth Israel is a dream come true. I am looking forthen did further graduate study in Jewward to engaging and challenging our ish history. members with the richness of our heriIn three of the communities he has served, Rabbi Sniderman has been tage.”

Sarasota Jewish Chorale celebrates Chai Year in 2017 By Marcia Polevoi


he Sarasota Jewish Chorale has an exciting year ahead for its Chai Year. President Ronnie Riceberg says that plans to celebrate the Chorale’s 18th year are underway. During the 2016-17 season, the group will focus rehearsals on a concert to commemorate this event. The Music Committee will be looking back at songs that were performed during its early years as well as current ones in its repertoire. The Chorale was founded in 1999 by Arlene Stolnitz, along with the help of a few dedicated folks and it has flourished ever since. There are over 30 passionate singers who are eagerly looking forward to performing during their Chai Year in the Sarasota and Manatee areas. Ronnie, who joined the Chorale eleven years ago after attending a rehearsal, says that more plans for next season include reaching out further into the Jewish community as well as to interfaith organizations. “We want to be recognized as an important asset to the area as we educate about our Jew-

ish culture and history through our music,” says Ronnie. There will be more publicity along with contacting various organizations to make them aware of how the Chorale can be incorporated into their programming. The entire board will be active in this endeavor. Ronnie is one of two Chorale members who attended the North American Jewish Choral Festival in New York State in July, and they have brought back new compositions for the Chorale to consider. Several programs are already booked for the fall, but there are still


dates available throughout the season. The Chai Concert dates are to be announced. For bookings, please contact Phyllis Lipschutz at 941.924.6717. Rehearsals will resume in September at the Hecht School on The Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. They are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. most Thursday evenings. For information about joining the Chorale, please call Ronnie Riceberg at 508.942.1479.

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S’lichot Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Kol Nidre Tuesday, October 11, 8 p.m.

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Rabbi Churgel embraces Temple Sinai and the community


to all endeavors; its dedication to education, from the amazing preschool program, to the only ARJE accredited religious school, to quality adult education; its strong ties to the URJ (the Reform Movement), as evidenced by participation in youth group programs, camps and trips to Israel – all of which nurtured his own Jewish identity as a youth and young adult. He finds the congregation open, warm and welcoming, and he forged an instant friendship with Chazzan Abramson, admiring the quality, warmth and enthusiasm

abbi Michael S. Churgel, RJE recently succeeded Rabbi Geoff Huntting, who retired after 23 years of service to Temple Sinai. Rabbi Churgel affirmed, “I am honored and humbled to have been selected to follow Rabbi Huntting, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead and be a part of the next chapter of Temple Sinai’s history.” Rabbi Churgel is greatly impressed with Temple Sinai’s dedication to honoring timeless traditions with an openness to putting a creative/modern slant

he brings to services and programs at Temple Sinai. Rabbi Churgel is married to attorney Shara Newman, and they have three children: Daphne, Zoe and Jason. He looks forward to making a home within the congregation and the community for himself and his family, where he wants to make a significant contribution both on and off the bimah. He is eager to connect with people in the community and welcomes opportunities to engage individuals both in and outside of the synagogue. Please

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call the synagogue to set up an introduction, come worship with him on Shabbat, and look for announcements for upcoming meet-and-greets and coffee chats.

Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood welcomes new board and prepares for great year


he Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El recently capped off another successful year by installing new officers and directors, celebrating Brotherhood Shabbat, and preparing for a new season filled with opportunities for friendship, learning and good deeds. “Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood is a men’s club that is about camaraderie, community, service, fundraising, entertainment and fun,” explained new

Brotherhood President Barry Gerber. “We organize events, breakfast speaker programs, and provide personal and physical support to the temple.” During the past year, Brotherhood members put this mission into action in a variety of ways. Whether helping to coordinate the High Holy Day Usher Corps, constructing Temple EmanuEl’s sukkah, sponsoring a pizza lunch for Mitzvah Day, organizing the cleaning out of the Temple’s recently-refur-

bished library, or cooking up delicious grilled items for Temple Emanu-El Religious School events, they took a central role in supporting the religious and educational programs of the synagogue. They also provided learning opportunities ranging from a night of study under the stars in the sukkah to monthly breakfast programs featuring local experts, and continued to take a leading role in the local interfaith community by co-sponsoring the popu-

lar tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Socializing was also on their list of priorities, as evidenced by their successful Latin Dance Night, L’Chaim Las Vegas, and the annual Turtle Beach picnic. Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood invites the community to learn more and to be a part of another wonderful year. For more information, please call 941.228.7459.

Scott Anderson hired as Jewish Housing Council Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy


cott Anderson has joined the at Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson,” said Jewish Housing Council FounCEO Heidi Brown. “We’re in the midst dation as Vice President of of launching innovative new programs Philanthropy. Anderson served most and investing $1.5 million in renovarecently as Senior Philantions and enhancements thropic Advisor for almost for our residents and the 10 years with Gulf Coast broader community. We’re Community Foundation, a also poised to expand the longstanding supporter of campus to include other the Jewish Housing Counmodels of independent livcil Foundation and Kobering and adult day care sernick-Anchin-Benderson. vices. Scott’s philanthropic “We are honored and reach and expertise will Scott Anderson thrilled to have Scott Anderhelp us continue to raise the son join our leadership team, especialstandard in senior living and care. He ly during this exciting period of growth brings to us his love for the Kobernick-


support the mission and vision of the organization.” In addition to his decade of experience in philanthropy with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Scott serves as a volunteer for multiple community organizations, has served as senior account executive for HeraldTribune Media Group, and held management positions with GTE.

The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center welcomes new board members and officers


he Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, a collaborative community of facilities and benefits for 18 local human services nonprofits, recently announced new members and officers of its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Jack Kidd is the chair, Nelle Miller is the president-elect, John E. Kidd is the secretary, and Sheree Radakovich will serve as the treasurer. The Center’s

directors appointed longtime members Dr. Arthur Guilford and Susan Schuchat to their Emeritus board, and over the past 16 months have welcomed new members John E. Kidd, Bruce Zeitlin, Michael Johnson, Nikhil Joshi, Renee Hamad, Nora Patterson, Robin Serbin, Sheree Radakovich, campus representative Shon Ewens, Thomas Towler, Tom Shapiro and Wayne E. Curtis.

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Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot, records the wisdom of Jewish sages in six chapters, which are studied each Sabbath from Passover until Rosh Hashanah. “Treat the poor as members of your household,” states a leader of Jerusalem, while another leader continues, “Judge everyone favorably.” On Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 4:00 p.m., we will share such words for wise living within our Jewish and non-Jewish group. Join us for weekly inspirational discussions, and contribute your own thoughts and experiences to our communal study. Meetings take place at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

The Chug Ivri is a study group of individuals who wish to improve their knowledge of Hebrew, both spoken and reading. It is conducted at an advanced intermediate level and consists of reading Hebrew literature and an Israeli newspaper (for experienced students of Hebrew) and Hebrew conversation. There is no teacher. The members’ knowledge and the use of dictionaries provide the expertise. Our goal is to use Hebrew as much as possible in the classes, which take place on Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost. New participants are always welcome. Anyone who has the necessary Hebrew competence and wishes to expand his/her Hebrew knowledge is welcome to join the group. For more information, call Claire Fox at 941.921.3765.



Deep Roots: The Origins and History of the Jewish Experience With a focus on the global Jewish experience, participants will explore the economic, social and religious development of Judaism, culminating with the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Day Statehood by Raymond P. Scheindlin will be available for purchase during this free course, which takes place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. For more information, please contact Tammy Geraldson at 941.487.5547 or

Temple Emanu-El “Lunch with the Rabbi” Are you looking for a great lunch date? Temple Emanu-El welcomes you to our signature monthly program of lunch, socializing, and discussion of current events and subjects of Jewish interest with new and old friends. This month is our first “Lunch with the Rabbi” featuring our wonderful new Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin. All are invited at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Please bring a brown-bag lunch – homemade dessert and terrific company are provided! For more information, call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

Lecture: Bar Kochba, Last President of Ancient Israel Rabbi Lazar Rivkin, Regional Director at Chabad of Central Florida, will speak on the theme of the archeological discoveries, known as the letters of Bar Kochba – what they revealed about Israel’s last commonwealth before the final destruction by Hadrian’s Roman Empire and what it indicates and portends for modern Israel. Rabbi Rivkin will also spotlight the archeological proofs of the Bible’s G-dly origins and how they affect Israel of today. The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Optional donation is appreciated to sponsor future lectures. RSVP to Patti Welch at 941.350.7790 or


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The Bridge Group meets Thursday afternoons from 1:00–4:00 pm on the Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players. call Bob Satnick at 941.538.3739

Temple Emanu-El Summer Shabbat services continue The much-loved summer Shabbat service season at Temple Emanu-El (151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota) is entering its final month. Begin your Shabbat celebration with a kiddush of wine, grape juice, challah and light snacks at 5:30 p.m., then join us for spiritual, uplifting worship at 6:00 p.m. Services are briefer during the summer, but warm and meaningful, and guests are always welcome! Following services, attendees share a friendly and festive Shabbat dinner together at local restaurants. For more information, call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Screening of The Frisco Kid The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (which meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota) will feature the film The Frisco Kid (1979, 119 mins.) at 4:00p.m. Rabbi Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) arrives in Philadelphia from Poland en route to San Francisco where he will lead a congregation. Three con men trick him into helping pay for a wagon and supplies to go west and then rob him. We follow Belinksi through his encounters until his final arrival in San Francisco. Bring your own favorite brown-bag meal. Free to CHJ members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 941.929.7771.

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 ORT Summer Brunch ORT America is having a Summer Brunch at 11:00 a.m. at Libby’s Restaurant, 1917 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota (just south of Hillview). ORT members and guests, men and women are invited. Join us for a social gathering with five delicious main course options for $20 plus tax and gratuity. In addition, a $5 deposit is required for the room charge. Please call Kim Sheintal by August 3 at 941.921.1433 to reserve your spot.

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Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva PRESENTS AUGUST COURSES BASIC JUDAISM TUESDAYS 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Starting August 2 (Eight Weeks) Many of our students have requested a course on Basic Judaism so they can better understand the background and heritage of our great Jewish tradition. This new course will present insight into the Jewish transition from biblical to rabbinic Judaism, a review of religious texts, the Hebrew calendar, customs and ceremonies, ethnic differences, ritual choreography, the holidays, and contemporary Jewish practice. Bring your questions to this class where they will be answered through group discussion and class materials which will be distributed. Please bring a three-ring notebook. This course may be particularly useful to prospective converts, B’nai Anusim (Crypto-Jews), non-Jews, and anyone lacking a broad Jewish education. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.

ISRAEL IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND ON OUR MINDS FRIDAYS 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM August 5 (Eight weeks) In this highly-charged era of rampant anti-Israelism, a form of veiled antiSemitism, a new discomfort is being felt by those who regularly watch cable television, read the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and/or view the myriad of online Anglo-Jewish press media outlets. Israel has become a pariah state—at least in the world press—and we are now seeing it play out in American politics. This course is devoted to becoming more familiar with the issue, the changing attitudes of a younger Jewish generation, the seemingly waning positive views toward the State of Israel in our branches of government and within political parties. Attention will also be given to the positive steps taken to contravene the negatives. All materials are included. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.

THE HISTORY OF JEWISH HUMOR MONDAYS 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Starting August 8 (Eight Weeks) Why are so many comedians Jewish? What are the background and origins of Yiddish wit and comedy? Was it a coincidence that the movie industry was founded by Jewish immigrants and that much of “Broadway” was inhabited by performers, directors and producers who identified as Jews? Likewise, the music industry interfaced and experienced much of the same phenomena. This course will explore all of these issues plus study the depth and breadth of this unique ethnic humor: from the Russian shtetl to American television; from the Wise Men of Chelm to the heyday of the Borscht Belt; from humorous interactions in the Bible to the State of Israel. You are invited to study and laugh as you add to your own repertoire and knowledge of Jewish humor. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.

Inquire about multi-course discounts. Scholarships are also available. Classes are held on the Campus of The Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. To register or seek more information, please contact Marden Paru, Dean and Rosh Yeshiva at 941.379.5655 or Please make checks payable to the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva and mail to Marden Paru, 5445 Pamela Wood Way #160, Sarasota, FL 34233. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. It is funded, in part, by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

At times in history, Jews have been called The People of the Book – but with so many texts available to us, it seems that The People of the Bookcase may be more accurate! Join Temple Emanu-El’s dynamic new Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin for an energizing, interactive and fun journey into three of the most important shelves of the Jewish bookcase – Talmud, midrash and short stories. No prior experience is needed in order to enjoy and learn during these 75-minute sessions, which take place on Sundays, August 7, 14 and 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Free for Temple Emanu-El members; an $18 donation is requested for guests. For more information or reservations, please call 941.232.1832.

Stand up for Israel Meet monthly to perform acts of support for the Jewish homeland, which is under relentless attack at all points in time. Our monthly projects will include public information and media campaigns on behalf of Israel, speeches to local churches and organizations, workshops open to the community, lectures by Israelis, creating pro-Israel posters, social media communications, public fairs and performances to fund urgent Israeli needs, and more. Every Zionist counts, especially you and your voice! The event begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Donations greatly appreciated; kosher refreshments and materials supplied; students welcome. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Chabad Book Club for Adults Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet will lead a discussion on the book Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson by Joseph Telushkin. Kosher wine and cheese will be served. This book is available at Amazon. com. This event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the home of a Jerry and Judy Zivic, is limited to the first 24 adults who RSVP. No cost. RSVP to For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Mitzvah Knitting Group at Temple Emanu-El Are you a knitter or crocheter interested in using your talent to brighten the lives of others while making new friends? If so, please come to the Mitzvah Knitting Group sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. We gather monthly to craft and socialize, and our beautiful handiwork has been donated to local new parents as well as needy families in Sarasota-Manatee and in Israel. Bring your needles or crochet hook and a favorite pattern – we’ll supply the yarn and great company! The group meets at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Susan Bernstein at

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Hershorin Schiff Community Day School Open House Families seeking a program for children in preschool through eighth grade can see and tour Community Day’s facility and campus, and meet the teachers and head of school Dan Ceaser. Stop in and learn how Community Day’s project-based, student-centered curriculum allows students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real-life experiences. Community Day is the former Goldie Feldman Academy. The Open House takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, please call Community Day at 941.552.2770 or email

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 SaBra Hadassah Lunch & Game Day Join us for cards, mah jongg – whatever is your pleasure – and a delightful buffet luncheon. Plan your table or come alone. There are others who will join you for cards or board games. The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Reserve your place by sending a check for $15 (payable to SaBra Hadassah) to Joy Siegel, 13511 Montclair Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 by Friday, August 5. For more information, contact Claudia Dombrow (941.306.5514 or or Lee Ruggles (941.924.1338 or



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SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Temple Beth El Bradenton Open House TBE is hosting an Open House as we welcome our wonderful and innovative new rabbi. Come and meet Rabbi Michael Sternfield and hear about his new ideas for our Religious School. Learn about the “Ellis Family Scholarship” to benefit families that join and enroll their children into the school. Meet our Hebrew School teacher, Miss Susie, and schmooze with our board members. The Open House takes place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd Street West. For more information, please call the temple office Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at 941.755.4900.

Tisha B’Av films and discussions On this solemn day of fasting and reflection, we shall view films about the religious significance of Tisha B’Av and the historical catastrophes occurring on this day, when millions of Jewish lives and priceless elements of Judaism’s infrastructure were destroyed. The events are remote to us if we do not delve deeply into their infinite impacts upon the Jewish people, still facing existential threats. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Donations greatly appreciated. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15 Temple Emanu-El’s Jewish book club Do you love books of Jewish interest? Do you love discussing books of Jewish interest with old and new friends? Under the direction of our wonderful new librarian, Dr. Eleanor Wachs, Temple Emanu-El is delighted to facilitate a vibrant and lively new monthly Jewish book club, which meets at 10:00 a.m. at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For information on the book of the month, please call Dr. Eleanor Wachs at 941.379.8487.


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AJC’s 2016 Summer Lunch & Learn Series Andy Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs, will discuss “Do European Jews Have a Future?” Bolstered by the expanding European Union and its values of pluralism and democracy, Jewish life seemed bright and secure, but no longer. Resurgent anti-Semitism and security threats are challenging long-held assumptions about Jewish life in Europe. Do European leaders recognize the threat to their Jewish citizens? Will they be able to act in time? The event, sponsored by Williams Parker, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota. The cost of $28 includes the lecture and luncheon. Advance registrations are required. Contact Brian Lipton at AJC at 941.365.4955 or

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School Open House Families seeking a program for children in preschool through eighth grade can see and tour Community Day’s facility and campus, and meet the teachers and head of school Dan Ceaser. Stop in and learn how Community Day’s project-based, student-centered curriculum allows students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real-life experiences. Community Day is the former Goldie Feldman Academy. The Open House takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, please call Community Day at 941.552.2770 or email

Sarasota Jewish Singles meeting The Sarasota Jewish Singles is an outreach program of Temple Beth Israel to give all Jewish singles in the area the opportunity to meet other men and women who are alone. The group meets once a month for dinner, laughter and a time to turn acquaintances into lifelong friends. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Crab and Fin Restaurant, 420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. For more information or to make a reservation, call or text Rosalyn Fleischer at 941.915.6631 or email Come on out and join us for a fun evening.


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 “Israel: The Refuge of Last Resort” Living in displaced persons camps, with thousands of Jews trapped in concentration camps behind barbed wire for years after WWII had ended, the Jewish heart and soul longed for the one and only Jewish homeland, Eretz Yisrael, which was their first choice and their last resort. When asked by American officials administering the DP camps where they wished to go besides Israel, many replied, “the crematorium,” reflecting their despair in living anywhere other than the Holy Land. The discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher foods with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 JFCS Holocaust Survivors’ Havurah All survivors are invited to attend these monthly gatherings of friendship, camaraderie and support. Enjoy a light nosh and a lively discussion. The group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1955 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Conversation topic: “Famous Jewish Sports Figures.” This is a multi-agency event sponsored by JFCS of the Suncoast, Inc., Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jan Alston at 941.366.2224 x172 or Sponsored by

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Susan Miller “sees” through stone. She has the ability to perceive and reveal, through the density of weighty blocks of marble, a form that communicates human dignity and energy. Miller’s sculptures express her spirit and the beauty of the human body. The subjects of the pieces are connected to names from history, mythology and the Old Testament. Biblical passages, poetry, and prose accompany the works.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22 Opening day for Chabad’s Kaplan Preschool In its 19th year of operation, Chabad’s Kaplan Preschool provides a topquality learning environment for children ages 2.5 - 5. The school aims to provide an education that reinforces Jewish values and holidays, while meeting each child’s individual learning priorities. To schedule a tour of the school (located at 7700 Beneva Road, Sarasota) and receive more information, please call Preschool Director Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770.

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Hollywood films in the three decades after WWII portrayed 4,000 years of Jewish historical identity and, in some of the biggest box office hits of all times, transformed the image of the Jew from embattled to triumphant. Flamboyant posters and bold advertising materials for films are featured in this blockbuster exhibition. Sins of Jezebel (1953), 16 x 38”

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Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center happily opens its doors for another wonderful year of learning and growing in a loving Jewish environment – and on our beautiful and newly-renovated campus at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Children ages 18 months through five years old thrive at this nationally-accredited and Gold Seal-certified preschool, which offers traditional preschool and VPK as well as extended care hours. Outstanding secular learning is enhanced by weekly Shabbat celebrations, joyful Jewish holiday activities, and the acclaimed “Six-Pointed Stars” Judaic curriculum. For schedule and tuition information, call Elaine Sharrock, Temple Emanu-El Preschool Director, at 941.377.8074.

Marijuana-Free Florida Forum For many reasons, the legalization of marijuana is a critical Jewish issue, as fundamental Jewish belief holds that our bodies are on loan from the Creator and should be returned to Him in the best possible condition. Additionally, Jews are to use environmental resources scrupulously, but each marijuana plant consumes six gallons of water per day, leading to droughts, as in California, where there are 50,000 marijuana plantations, with migrant workers exposed daily to harsh conditions and toxic pesticides. The discussion takes place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Donations appreciated. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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Join Rabbi Michael Churgel, Chazzan Abramson, friends and neighbors at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Hear the Bruno Family Musicians as they join the rabbi and chazzan for an uplifting service with a variety of traditional, Israeli, Sephardic and Chasidic melodies. A welcome reception begins at 5:15 p.m., and a BBQ dinner follows the service. Cost for dinner: $15 for Temple Sinai members, $18 for guests, $36 for families. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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Torah Tots This new program at Chabad 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. Based on the Babyccino curriculum, Torah Tots provides a chic meet for mod moms and their tots, and features centers for creative art and expression, Judaic discovery, music and movement, sensory stimulation, dramatic play, parallel play, and social interaction. Torah Tots meets from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per class or $250 annually. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

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Temple Sinai’s Religious School Open House Come check out Temple Sinai’s Religious School and meet the clergy. Join us at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai (4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota) for a fun-filled afternoon of water play, lunch, Kona Ice, information about the religious school, and more. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 Fifty Shades of “J” Happy Hour This event is an opportunity for singles and couples to meet new and old friends. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave, Sarasota. A cash bar and light snacks will be offered. To register, visit www.jfedsrq. org. For more information, please contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or Sponsored by


Men’s Club Minyan Breakfast Wednesdays 9:00am

Chug Ivri (Advanced Hebrew) Thursdays 10:30am – 12:00pm

CONTINUING IN THE FALL Details coming soon! Introduction to Reading Hebrew A Cup of Joe and the Five Books of Mo Shmooze & Brews with Rabbi Werbow

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Men’s Club Breakfast & Learn

Learn insider tricks to college admissions. How do rigor, grades, tests, essays and activities fit into college admissions? This lecture is presented by Debra Landesberg, M.S., founder of My College Resource, in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. It is geared for students in grades 8-12 and their parents. Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on The Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Free and open to the public, but registration is a must. To register, visit For more information, contact Debra Landesberg at 941.704.5553 or DL@

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“The Holocaust in Maps” Through maps, films and photographs, the basic facts of the Holocaust are best understood, and its immensity can begin to be visualized to a limited extent. This multi-media exploration will provide a strong foundation for grappling with mankind’s greatest crime – the annihilation, starvation and enslavement of millions of infants, youths, adults and elders across borders. To this day, the true numbers of concentration camps are not even known and may never be. The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25 (July 28th–September 15th) 12:00pm – 1:30pm Marden Paru continues with The Big Dig: Biblical Archeology & Anthropology Feel free to bring a dairy or parve lunch, beverage & a 3-ring binder. Come to one or all! N/C for TBS Members; $5/per class for non-members.

Tisha B’Av Services Saturday, August 13th 8:00pm-10:00pm The Reading of Lamentations Sunday, August 14th 8:00am-10:00am in the Chapel


Fridays, 6:30pm Saturdays, 9:00am

The Idelson Library & Alcove will be closed during our renovations. The Book Return Cart has been moved to outside the Chapel; items may be returned anytime the building is open.

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(for our children) Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:00pm

The Judaica Shop will be closed for the summer; we will re-open in time for your High Holiday shopping. We are unable to retrieve phone messages left on the shop phone. Candles are available for purchase in the TBS Office; Tallit & Mezuzot are available through Hannah Puckhaber. Please contact Hannah at 377-8668.

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Shabbat Shmooze (Join us for great discussions after Kiddush) 12:45pm

Join us for Fun & Games! Every Tuesday beginning Tuesday, August 30th 1:00pm – 4:00pm Bring your favorite game, bring your friends! Bring a dairy Kosher (not homemade) snack or $3 donation at the door.

OFFICE HOURS Monday – Closed Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 3:30pm

Celebration of Rabbi Werbow’s th 10 Rabbinic Anniversary Join us Sunday, September 11th We will be honoring Rabbi Werbow in the Sanctuary followed by a reception in our Social Hall. More details to follow! Our new membership year has begun. If you are interested in joining TBS, please contact our office.

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By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. At the Movies: Made in Tampa The following was written just before The Infiltrator, a movie which was partially filmed in Tampa, opened on July 15. It should still be in theaters near you in early August. The Infiltrator, a crime thriller, is based on a real story. In 1986, Federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) went deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking gang by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman. The case he helped build led to the indictment of 85 drug lords and corrupt bankers. It also led to the collapse of the BCCI bank, one of the largest money laundering banks in the world. Co-stars include Amy Ryan as BONNI TISCHLER, who was Mazur’s boss in the Federal Customs Service Tampa office. Tischler, who died of breast cancer in 2005 at age 60, was a pioneering woman in federal law enforcement. Born in New York, she was raised in Hollywood, Florida. She started as a sky marshal and rose to be a top national Customs Service official before retiring in 2002. She told the Washington Post in 1987 that her parents were horrified when she became a sky marshal: “My mother always said that nice Jewish girls don’t go into law enforcement.” I should add that The Infiltrator is based on Mazur’s account of his undercover work. He had a tense relationship with Tischler and they differed, later, on “what went down.” So the film may depict her from his, possibly not true, perspective. The advance review by Variety was a total rave, praising Cranston, the screenplay, and BRAD FURMAN, 41, the director. Furman, who had been directing small films and ads for about ten years, got his big break in 2007 when he helmed “The Take, a taunt crime thriller. He followed up

with The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), a hit legal thriller. When he first decided to go into filmmaking, his mother, ELLEN FURMAN, now 67, asked him to reconsider and find “something more stable.” His mother was then a practicing attorney and his father still practices law. Well, his mother wrote The Infiltrator screenplay! Mother and son told the Tampa Tribune that they had written 10 films over the years, but none sold. But after Ellen retired, she had more time to hone her writing and she turned out a script for The Infiltrator which Variety called “ingeniously layered. A Tampa film professor told the Tribune that he couldn’t think of another instance in which a mother wrote a film that her son directed. By the way, Ellen’s late mother was a president of the National Council of Jewish Women. Olympic Athlete of Note In 2000, then U.C. Berkeley student ANTHONY ERVIN won a gold medal (50M freestyle swimming) at the Olympics. The following year, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and he heralds this induction on his website – while noting that he reflects “the diversity of the modern world” (his mother is Jewish; his father African-American and Native American). The next seven years were not good: too much sex, drugs and alcohol. A motorbike accident in 2007 pulled him up short. He got sober, returned to Berkeley, where he got his English degree in 2010, and began training again. In 2012, he made the Olympic team at age 31. On July 2, Ervin earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. He’s the oldest U.S. male Olympic swimmer since 1904. Nice note: Ervin auctioned off his gold medal in 2005, with the proceeds going to victims of the huge tsunami which hit Indonesia and other areas that year.


Interested in Your Family’s History? Nate Bloom (see column at left) has become a family history expert in 10 years of doing his celebrity column, and he has expert friends who can help when called on. Most family history experts charge $1,000 or more to do a full family-tree search. However, Bloom knows that most people want to start with a limited search of one family line.

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Write Bloom at and enclose a phone number. Nate will then contact you about starting a limited search. If that goes well, additional and more extensive searches are possible. The first search fee is no more than $100. No upfront cost. Also, several of this newspaper’s readers have asked Bloom to locate friends and family members from their past, and that’s worked out great for them. So contact him about this as well. Shalom, Anton Yelchin Last month, I wrote in advance about ANTON YELCHIN’s co-starring role as Chekov in the newest entry in the Star Trek re-boot film series, Star Trek Beyond (it opened on July 22). Just as that item went to press, I was able to add that Yelchin was killed in a freak auto accident on June 19. He was 27. Yelchin completed two other films and an animated Netflix series before his death. The premiere of those projects

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The Nazi Games of August 1936 By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD


his month marks 80 years since the Summer Olympics in Berlin, which began on August 1, 1936. Adolf Hitler used the Games to showcase the Third Reich and conceal his regime’s anti-Semitic and militaristic intentions, attempting instead to portray a peaceful and tolerant Germany to the international community. Berlin had been awarded the Games Dr. Paul Bartrop in 1931, prior to Hitler’s ascent to power, but the 16-day meet quickly and inextricably became associated with the Nazi regime. By fthe time the Games of the XI Olympiad ggot underway, 3,963 athletes from 49 nations (the largest number of coun”tries to that point) competed in 129 ”events, across 19 different sports. Of course, as we well know, the s Games were controversial. But what ”many people do not realize is the exetent to which they also attracted con.troversy at the time. From the very start they were marked by racism, with the official Nazi party paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, writing in the strongest terms that Jews and Blacks, regardless of their country of origin, should not be allowed to participate. Following Nazi demands, the German Olympic Committee denied Jews all opportunity of representing Germany. When the possibility of an international boycott was threatened – robbing Germany not only of the Games, but also of both the showcase the Nazis were looking for and of much-desired foreign currency – there was a token relaxing of the rules: now, one athlete with a Jewish background was allowed to compete for Germany. Helene Mayer, who had a Jewish fa-

ther, was a world champion fencer who had already won a gold medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Games. With an eye to the prospect of her winning another gold medal for Germany, she became the token Jew permitted to compete. As it turned out, she won silver in the Individual Foil event. The prospect of other Jewish athletes competing for Germany was denied, however. Four-time world record holder and 10-time German national champion in shot put and discus throw, Lilli Henoch, was excluded. She was later deported and murdered in the Riga ghetto in 1942. Gretel Bergmann, who was an internationally-recognized champion high jumper, was replaced on the German team by Dora Ratjen, who was later revealed to be a male who had been raised as a girl. Further to this, local party authorities removed street signs bearing such slogans as “Jews not wanted” from Berlin’s main tourist areas, while all vagrants and Roma (known as “Gypsies”) were physically moved on to a specially-constructed “holding camp” outside the city at Marzahn. In view of such developments, there was considerable debate outside Germany prior to the Games over whether or not a boycott should go ahead. In some countries, notably Britain, France, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands, discussion took place over whether the Games should perhaps be relocated, while throughout Europe exiled political opponents of the Nazis kept up the pressure for a boycott. These initiatives did not amount to anything definite, the excuse always being given that the Games had been awarded to Berlin in 1931 and that it would be wrong to punish the city simply because of a change of government.

Individual Jewish athletes from a number of countries, on the other hand, elected to take matters into their own hands, and refused to attend. In this regard, brave athletes such as South African Sid Kiel, and Americans Milton Green and Norman Cahners, should be mentioned. As one of the world’s leading sporting nations, the position of the United States was crucial, and in September 1934 the United States Olympic Committee accepted a German invitation to visit on a fact-finding mission. After interviewing German Jews who had been carefully selected by the Nazi regime, U.S. Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage concluded that he had not found any discrimination against the Jewish population of Germany. He then became a major supporter of the Games being held in Berlin, famously arguing that “politics has no place in sport.” By 1935 he had convinced the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States that an American team should be sent to Berlin. The American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labor Committee supported a boycott, but they had no say in what was effectively an institutional project by the American Olympic Committee. Most African-American newspapers, on the other hand, supported participation, arguing that this was an opportunity for Nazi racial theories to be challenged and, hopefully, defeated. And to some degree, they were right. The iconic Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the sprint and long jump events, and became the most successful athlete to compete in Berlin. In the effort to keep sport and poli-

tics separate, Jewish-American sprinters Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman were omitted from the 4×100 relay team on the day of the competition. The speculation has ever since been that in the aftermath of Owens’s victories, Avery Brundage did not want to add to Hitler’s embarrassment by having two Jews win gold medals. For all that, however, Germany was the most successful country overall, winning 33 gold medals and 89 medals overall. The United States came second in the medal tally, with 24 gold and 56 overall. The Berlin Olympics torch relay from Mount Olympus in Greece was the first of its kind, and the Games were the first to have live television coverage. Despite these advances, they were also to be the final Olympic Games for 12 years owing to World War II. Hitler’s anti-human ideologies, and his quest for supreme domination and racial supremacy, saw the biggest challenge to the Olympic ideal until 1972 – when Palestinian terrorism and the murder of Jewish athletes at the Munich Games threatened the Olympic ideal once more. The President of the International Olympic Committee then was the same Avery Brundage who so dominated the American team in 1936. In a memorable phrase he decreed that despite the terrorist attack “the Games must go on!” The day the 1972 Munich Games ended, Brundage retired. The date was September 11. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at


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he TraďŹƒcking Victims Protection Act of 2000 deďŹ nes sex traďŹƒcking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.â€? Transportation need not be a factor. The FBI reported that between 2008 and 2010, 83% of sex traďŹƒcking victims found within the U.S. were U.S. citizens. Although anyone can become a victim of traďŹƒcking, certain populations are more vulnerable. Among children and teens living on the streets in the U.S., participation in commercial sex acts is a very serious problem. This includes runaways from troubled homes or foster care places where they have been abused or thrown away by their families. TraďŹƒckers target these populations speciďŹ cally because they are vulnerable to recruitment tactics and control. According to the FBI the average age of a ďŹ rst-time victim is 1214 among girls and 11-13 among boys and transgender. Approximately 100,000 American children are at risk annually. Human TraďŹƒcking is a National Council of Jewish Women’s National and State of Florida priority. Southern

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e are in the midst of summer. Despite some days of clouds and rain, the temperature is high, the sun is shining, the days are longer, and time seems to stretch further. Many of us think about vacation, about travel across the sea, or maybe a day at the beach. So, at this juncture, in the spirit of relaxation, it is to the sea that I wish to direct our attention. Dr. Rachel Dulin The Hebrew word for sea is yam, a very old Semitic word, which appears almost 400 times in the Bible. Yam is the name of a Canaanite god of the seas and rivers who represented a primordial state of chaos. The mythological descriptions of Yam and his battles were popular in the ancient Canaanite world and some have entered even into the Hebraic lore (Is 51:9-10; Ps 74:13, et al). It seems that in order to minimize Yam’s popularity, the biblical writer deliberately placed the creation of yam, namely “the sea,â€? on the third day (Gen 1:10). In this case, Yam, who the pagan world perceived as “god,â€? was created by the God of Israel as part of the natural world, was not the ďŹ rst on His list, and was under God’s rules and control. In Hebrew, yam has a few meanings. First it means “a very large body of waterâ€? be it salty or sweet. So we ďŹ nd that the largest yam bordering the west of Israel, the Mediterranean Sea, was called simply Ha-yam, namely “The Seaâ€? (Num 13:29; Jonah 1:4), or better yet, Ha-yam Ha-ga-dol, “The Great Seaâ€? (Josh 1:4). It was also known Yam Yao (Ezra 3:7) after the port city of Yao, and Yam P’lish-tim (Ex 23:31) after the Philistines, the sea

people who arrived from across the sea (probably the Greek Isles), and lived at its shores. Other bodies of water in Israel are also called yam although they are not as big as Ha-yam Ha-ga-dol. The Bible mentions Yam Soof, “the Reed Sea,� known as “The Red Sea� (Ps 106:7). The Dead Sea is called in the Bible Yam Ha-me-lach, “The Salt Sea,� or Yam ha-a-ra-vah, “The Sea of the Plain,� and the lovely Sea of Galilee was called Yam Ki-ne-ret (Josh 12:3; Dtr 3:17). Second, yam also means “a large vessel for liquid� as stood in Solomon’s Temple in Ye-ru-sha-la-yim and was used for ritual priestly cleansing (I Kgs 7:23-26). Third, since the sea is Israel’s western border, yama indicates the direction “westward.� As the biblical writer articulated Yama va-ked-mah, tza-fonah va-neg-bah, “westward, eastward, northward and southward� would be the scope of the land Jacob was given to possess (Gen 28:14). Moreover, the phrase me-di-not ha-yam, namely “countries of the sea,� refers to far countries beyond the Mediterranean. In post-biblical Hebrew, yam implies plenty of any substance, including space, knowledge or information. Thus, yam shel de-a-got means “a sea of worries,� and yam shel Talmud implies abundance of Talmudic knowledge. To conclude our short excursion to the yam, be it the beach nearby or medi-not ha-yam far away, I wish all our readers a pleasant journey and a safe return home. Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Bible at New College in Sarasota.

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Extraordinary Jewish family drama explores questions of identity and obligation Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News As Close to Us as Breathing, Elizabeth Poliner. A Lee Boudreaux Book. 368 pages. Hardcover $27.00.


here is no shortage of books focused on Jewish family life, but Elizabeth Poliner’s novel stands apart as an instant classic. It is an inspired literary exploration of the tension between personal and family identity, between masculine and feminine models of achievement, between tradition as habit and tradition as choice, between love that gives and love that demands. Phil Jason Though the novel examines an extended family and its world over three generations, its point of focus is the summer of 1948, immediately following modern Israel’s birth and, for the Leibritsky family, the trauma of its youngest member’s accidental death. Spatially and culturally, its main arena is a place informally named Bagel Beach: the family vacation area on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound that constitutes a summer Jewish beachfront neighborhood in the midst of other ethnic enclaves. The narrative reaches us through the voice of Molly, middle child and only daughter of Ada and Mort

of meeting the exLeibritsky. Mort, the kingpin of the dies for no reason. And still, pectations of others. family, owns Leibritsky’s Department individuals persevere to lead He marries a Jewish Store in Middletown, inherited from remarkable lives. By openwoman, has children, his father. His brother, brother-in-law ing and closing the aperture, muddles through as a and, occasionally, his older son work Poliner is able to sweep us physician, but passes there. A moderately observant Jew, through decades of change, away at an early age – Mort carries on his father’s mantra of growth, accomplishment and as if his sacrifices of the responsibility to his God and to the frustration. We witness her heart have shortened his Jewish people. It’s a noose and a blesscharacters responding to solife. ing. cial changes, their own maScenes of men prayThe men enjoy the beach cottage turing and aging, their own ing and of women preparing – excitedover weekends; the women realized or thwarted ly or grudgingly – for Shabbat dinners live there through the sumsense of destiny. create a pronounced background music mer months. Beautiful, Poliner handles for the characters’ largely secular lives queen-like Ada reigns over the texture of Jewish and concerns. What do you owe your the household: her sisters family life with brilparents, your people and your creator? Vivie and Bec; her chilliance, authenticity What do you owe yourself? When have dren Howard, Molly and and a touch of wistyou paid enough? young Davy; and Vivie’s fulness. Mort makes Reprinted with permission from the daughter, Nina, who is a Jewish identity and Jewish Book Council. Find daily new few years older than Molly. ritual observance a reviews, reading recommendations and At the time of her brother’s debt always in need more at death, Molly is twelve of servicing. Why Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus years old; in her middle can’t people inconof English from the United States Naage, she delivers the grand venience themselves val Academy. He reviews regularly for Leibritsky saga, passed a bit for what others Elizabeth Poliner (photo by Sandy Kavalier) Florida Weekly, Jewish Book World, down to Molly by her parhave died for? HowSouthern Literary Review, and other ents and aunts. ard’s decision to follow Mort’s sense publications. Please visit Phil’s webPoliner treats the summer of 1948 of tribal duty and forsake his Irishsite at as if it were the hub of a wheel from Catholic true love turns him to a life which extend spokes of increasing significance through the power of this A NEW NOVEL BY family disaster. Like all families, this SARASOTA RESIDENT one has many challenges, as do its individual members. Molly allows us to see “Izzy White?” Experience Izzy’s search for self-discovery them, feel them and understand them. as a Jewish boy growing up in racially desegregating Washington, D.C., his love Sisters are estranged. Love is frusof rhythm & blues, admiration and fear of black people, and his excitement at becoming the first white player on Howard University’s varsity basketball team. trated by duty. Marriages fail. A boy “Izzy White?” is a provocative meditation on race, identity,

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Behind the headlines: Facts and Figures – Islam in Israel Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,, June 9, 2016


he State of Israel…will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions.” – Israel’s Declaration of Independence, 1948 Freedom of religion is a core value of the Israeli democracy  Israel is home to 1,454,000 Muslim citizens who enjoy full civil liberty and political freedom.  Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel.  Most Arab citizens of Israel are Muslims, mainly Sunnis. Other

branches of Islam in Israel include Shia, Alawite, Ahmadiyeh, Sufi and Shazaliyeh. Islam is the second biggest religion in Israel after Judaism.  Jews account for 75.4 percent of the population, Muslims make up 16.9 percent, Christians 2.10 percent, Druze 1.70 percent and the rest of the population identifies otherwise, including a small Baha’i community. Religious affiliation in Israel  The Muslim population of Israel has increased about ten-fold since

the State was established; from some 156,000 in 1949 to over 1,454,000 today. Muslim Population Growth

 There are over 400 mosques in Israel, of which some 73 are located in Jerusalem. The number of mosques in Israel has increased about five-fold since 1988, when there were 80 mosques.  Approximately 300 imams and muezzins receive their salaries from the Israeli government. Israel provides the Korans used in mosques and funds Arab schools and many Islamic schools and colleges. Such schools teach Islamic studies and Arabic, as well as the Israel Ministry of Education’s general curriculum.  In 2015, the Israeli government approved a 10-15 billion NIS budget (about 2.6-4 billion USD) for a five-year plan to develop the Arab sector in Israel.  The Muslim community regulates its own unique court system and handles marriage and divorce under Islamic law. Eight regional Islamic law courts and one national appeals court operate in Israel, under the supervision of Israel’s

Ministry of Justice.  Muslims are highly involved in Israeli academia, with some 26,000 Muslim students enrolled in Israeli academic institutions. In 2014, about 21 percent of the undergraduate students at the prestigious Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa were Arabs, up from 11 percent in 2001. This is roughly the same proportion of Arabs as in Israel’s overall population of 8.3 million.  Some Muslims also serve in the Israel Defense Forces; approximately 1,700 Muslims served in 2015, mostly from Bedouin tribes.  Most of Israel’s Muslim citizens, some 69 percent, live in the northern part of the country, i.e. the Galilee and Haifa. About 20 percent live in and around Jerusalem, and 11 percent of Israel’s Muslims are Bedouins that live mostly in the south of Israel, near Be’er Sheva in the Negev.  Each year, the Jerusalem municipality decorates the streets of the city in celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, and hosts dozens of festivities and events for the public.  The municipality also marks the holiday with a traditional ceremony in which a shot is fired from a historical cannon in East Jerusalem each day at sunrise and sunset to mark the beginning and end of the daily fast.  Muslim employees can take days off work during Ramadan, and working conditions are tailored to their needs while fasting during the month. The Israel Defense Forces also adjusts Muslim soldiers’ training regimens during the month of Ramadan.

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 The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem contains one of the most impressive archives of Islamic art in the world, while the Islamic Museum on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem boasts 600 copies of the Koran from various periods.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem

 The umbrella organization Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, or ICCI, has for nearly three decades run programs that foster dialogue, education and mutual understanding among various members of the religious communities in Israel. It is comprised of over 70 Muslim, Christian and Jewish institutions, including Jewish-Arab coexistence organizations, universities, museums and various ecumenical organizations.

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Israel was until recently one of those countries facing a dire water crisis. Yet today, on the heels of a 7-year drought, Israel now produces 20% more water than it consumes, leaving enough water to export to its neighbors and a wealth of knowledge to export throughout the world. Israel currently reuses 86% of its wastewater (slated to reach 95% by 2025); 60% of Israel’s fruit and vegetables are grown using recycled, purified water. Drip irrigation was invented in Israel; it is far superior to any other process with 90-95% efficiency and a noted increase in crop yield. Five desalination plants provide over 25% of the nation’s water supply and 80% of household water. Israeli companies have installed more than 350 desalination plants in close to 40 countries, including the new Carlsbad plant in San Diego, producing enough water to meet the needs of 400,000 people. (Oded Distel, Times of Israel)


Howard and Lottie Marcus have given $400 million to Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, it was announced on Friday, June 24. In 1934, after Nazi goons murdered her brother outside their home in Linden, Germany, 17-year-old Lottie persuaded her parents to allow her to go to the U.S. After the election of Hitler in 1933, Howard, a dentist, made his way to Naples, only to find himself in jeopardy again in 1936 when Mussolini agreed to Hitler’s demand that Italy expel all foreign Jews. One of Howard’s patients was the U.S. consul general who helped him reach the U.S. in 1939. Nearly everyone in their families perished in the Holocaust.

Lottie spoke fluent German, French and English, and developed secretarial skills in all three languages which helped her get a job on Wall Street. One day, the Marcuses asked a friend for investment advice, who told them about a student of his at Columbia Business School, a young man he thought a prodigy, Warren Buffett. Their investment grew to many millions, but the Marcuses continued to live modestly and no one who knew them had any idea of the magnitude of their wealth. The couple decided to give nearly all of their estate to Ben-Gurion University, with a special emphasis on research into improving water management, conservation and irrigation. Howard died in 2014, when he was 104. After Lottie’s death in December 2015, at nearly 100, the gift will now be disbursed. It will more than double the university’s endowment, and will likely turn the school into a global center for water research. (Seth M. Siegel, Wall Street Journal)


Rikoho Madarame, a multi-millionaire Japanese philanthropist, has funded the $3 million development of a new meditation zone and planetarium in Netanya, Israel. The building was inaugurated during a recent visit by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. Madarame said the planetarium would offer visitors the ability to learn more about the universe, a desire shared by all humans. (Tom Anstey, Leisure Management - UK)


his older sister, Penda. He is currently recovering at the Save a Child’s Heart Children’s Home in Holon. His contagious laughter bellows through the house. It is a pleasure to see him play with the other children from all over the world, smiling, happy and finally healthy. (IMRA)


Anti-Semitic incidents at U.S. colleges and universities nearly doubled in 2015 – 90 incidents were reported on 60 campuses, compared with 47 incidents on 43 campuses in 2014. In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents issued Wednesday, June 22, ADL reported 56 violent anti-Semitic assaults in 2015, compared with 36 assaults in 2014. (Anti-Defamation League)



stem cell selection system, development of new drought-tolerant wheat varieties, an imaging system for pollution detection, treatment for prevention of lung transplant rejection, a new medical device for cerebral protection during cardiovascular procedures, prescription error surveillance, and polymer optical fibers for data centers. (BioSpace)


Israel is poised to open in October a new 40-mile rail line between the port city of Haifa and a terminal five miles short of the Jordanian border, as trade with the country’s Arab neighbors flourishes along the route. Trade through Israel has increased in recent years as shipping companies have avoided Syria, where war has been raging since 2011. Cargo handled at the Sheikh Hussein border crossing between Israel and

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Jordan increased 65% between 2010 and 2015, with the number of cargo and container trucks using this route nearly quadrupling. Boats are coming into Haifa bearing containers and trucks that then travel by road to Jordan and on to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Gulf, carrying Spanish oranges, Jordanian textiles, and car parts from Europe. (Orr Hirschauge and Rory Jones, Wall Street Journal)


Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics. A panel with Noah’s Ark depicts an ark and pairs of animals, including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats. A scene of the parting of the Red Sea shows Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers. “This is by far the most extensive series of biblical stories ever found decorating the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue,” said Jodi Magness,


On March 10, Dore Gold, the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, visited the government that replaced the apartheid regime in South Africa. Gold made sure to visit Nelson Mandela’s home in Soweto. Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin to travel to African capitals for meetings with the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. China is now Israel’s third-largest trading partner. Gold told me that it’s almost impossible to get a seat these days on the El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Beijing. Narendra Modi is expected to be the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel later this year. Prime Minister Netanyahu has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin four times in the last year. He has also worked out a deal, according to senior officials, in which Russia will allow Israeli jets to target members of Hizbullah operating in Syria, where Russians now control the air space. “The prime minister is cognitive of the fact that the United States is [Israel’s] number one ally,” Gold told me. “But the relationship with Putin has vastly improved. Instead of being in conflict with him like we were, we are now making sure there is a line open to him.”

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In 1982, the Soviet Union believed that the West lacked the capability to withstand its surface-to-air missile batteries (SAM). But during the First Lebanon War, within two hours on June 9 of that year, the Israel Air Force (IAF) destroyed 15 of 19 SAM batteries in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley while downing 90 Syrian aircraft at the same time. To this day, the details of the operation remain classified. It was perhaps the IDF’s greatest military achievement, maybe even surpassing the opening air strike at the start of the Six-Day War, when Israel practically destroyed the Syrian and Egyptian air forces. When the First Lebanon War broke out on June 6, the IAF had the intel-


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Somewhere in central Israel, deep underground, is a 24/7 war room meant to enable the Israel Defense Forces to fully function, even under severe cyberattacks. Even though its direct responsibilities are limited to military networks, the IDF is in close cooperation with civilian cyber bodies – the national cyber warfare HQ in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Defense Ministry’s cyber HQ (responsible for protecting the ministry’s networks, as well as those of military industries), and the Israel Security Agency’s cyber HQ (which protects the country’s critical infrastructure). Brig. Gen. Danny Bren, the founder of the first cyber defense unit, said, “Israel is the only democratic nation in the world that has enemies who desire its kinetic destruction, who have cybernetic abilities, and who combine these two together into a single operational idea. These enemies are called Iran and Hizbullah.” (Israel Wulman, Ynet News)

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Teaching children about death and dying doing them a favor. The emotionally laden period of a loved one’s passing isn’t the optimum time for children to hear and understand the important ideas surrounding this inevitable part of our lives. Conversations about death and dying should be a natural, even casual, part of our interaction with them. What are some of the ideas we should help our children to understand? Children shouldn’t confuse death with sleep so that they won’t fear sleeping. They should understand that it is permanent so that they won’t hold out a false hope that the person (or pet) will return. They should be helped to realize that, despite the sensationalized depictions on television, death is not something to be feared. In fact, they should be taught that our Jewish faith embraces all life, and that death is a natural part of life. At the same time it is important for children to know that Judaism acknowledges and accepts the open venting of grief. And that is where our faith is so

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s the Rabbinic Associate for Congregation Ner Tamid, I am frequently called upon to officiate at funerals and memorial services. At a recent funeral there was a teenage girl who was devastated by the passing of her grandfather. She sobbed uncontrollably from the time she arrived at the cemetery to the time she left, and I suspect the sobbing had begun considerably earlier and lasted even longer. In her grief, she was unable to hear any words of comfort from her mom or her aunt, nor from the prayers and words of the funeral service. It occurred to me then that if we postpone conversations with our children about death and dying until it actually occurs, we are not

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tion teaches us that there is no eternal punishment. We can read the words of the El Malei Rachamim prayer which teaches that the deceased have found comfort “beneath God’s wings.” On Sunday, August 14, Jews around the world will observe the fast day of Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning which commemorates many tragedies that the Jewish people have experienced, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the date of expulsion of the Jews from Spain. If you haven’t already done so, this is the perfect time to begin the important discussion with your children about death and dying. Rena Morano is Education Director and Rabbinic Associate at Congregation Ner Tamid in Bradenton.

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n June, Chabad of Sarasota’s Camp own “Kool Kid,” Mark Saka of Miami Gan Israel was privileged to parBeach, a sweet autistic child, who, alticipate in a new program: K2BK – though unable to attend a typical camp, Kool To Be Kind. This program started attended Camp Gan Israel Sarasota. with a special-needs kid, Ari Cohen in This program has assisted our campers Florida, and Camp Gan Israel in Hong regarding awareness of special-needs Kong. Ari attended camp – virtually children while imbuing them with the – in Hong Kong. The campers sent concept of chesed – kindness. him t-shirts, crafts, cards and, most importantly, emotional strength. Ari’s mother, Leah Cohen, was so overcome by the kindness displayed to her son that she initiated this project among Camp Gan Israel camps. CGI campers embrace virtual special-needs camper Mark Saka We adopted our

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emple Sinai is proud of our endeavors to give back to the community. The teachers at Temple Sinai explain the importance of tzedakah (righteous giving), the Jewish obligation to help others in need. Students of all ages learn that giving to help others is a mitzvah (a blessing, a good deed). Amid a flurry of end-of-school activities, the 5th graders from Temple Sinai’s Religious School demonstrated an awareness of, and compassion for, local children in our community who need a temporary safe place to live

outside their own homes. As part of the 5th grade curriculum, the teachers discussed different charities that help people in need. After researching and comparing worthy charities, carefully considering and weighing their options under the guidance of their teacher, Chris Lenerz, they chose the YMCA’s Youth Shelter as the recipient of this year’s total of $634. Sonya Santiago, YMCA’s Clinical Director and Vice President of Youth and Family Services, was on hand to accept a “check” from the school and to share with the students how the

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(Clockwise from left) Sonya Santiago (YMCA), Jack Guttman, Jake Portugal, Will Hilton, Jacob Rosenberg, teacher Chris Lenerz, Religious School Director Sue Huntting

TBS youth groups had an amazing year


he past couple of years have been exciting for the Temple Beth Sholom Youth Commission, and we look forward to regrouping and re-envisioning. Through the assistance of terrific parents and amazing kids, the TBS youth groups have flourished. TBS’s youth groups, including USY (high school), Kadima (middle school) and Chalutzim (grades 3-5), aim to strengthen the local Jewish community and are open to all regardless of temple affiliation. Although the support of the TBS Sisterhood and temple leaders is indispensable, it is the youth group mem-

bers who inspire. This year, the board of the local USY chapter, SRQUSY, expanded in depth and breadth, and not only created social gatherings but planned each event with a Jewish core. Members tackled anti-Semitism and learned what it takes to become an IDF member. Proceeds from a cookie drive were used to encourage composting. They participated in services at shul, led multiple activities, and had fun while being together. SRQUSY’s achievements have been acknowledged at the Regional USY level, winning the Chapter of Excellence award for a joint Kadima/

USY program, as well as recognition for TreeUmph for Tu’B’shvat, Fallin’ in Love with USY, and the annual Latke Cook-Off. The coming school year brings another group of students, and the Youth Commission welcomes your support and assistance. If you are in grades 3-12 and wish to meet other kids, or a parent who is looking to further interactions between local Jewish youths, please contact Lael Hazan or Lauren Cohen through the temple office at 941.955.8121 or info@templebethsholomfl. org.

This spring, the Chalutzim and Kadima youth groups held a combined event at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

In May, SRQUSY installed its new board and honored the previous board at the USY banquet

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this season Our chairs, committee members and staff have been working diligently over the summer to plan an incredible season of programs designed to inspire, educate and entertain you! Below are just a few examples of what is in store. Please save the date for these amazing programs… and stay tuned to The Jewish News for more details.



he annual Women’s Day luncheon 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. VIOLINS OF HOPE FEBRUARY 1 – 19, 2017


mnon 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. In February 2017, Weinstein will bring 16 of these violins to Sarasota-Manatee for an oncein-a-lifetime opportunity for our community – to hear these violins played and to experience the stories of their owners.



ur 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. The painting focuses on the artist’s love of flowers and botanical images, yet also has great Jewish symbolism. The exhibit runs from February through July 2017, during which time our Federation will partner with Selby on a series of community events.




he Festival will feature at least nine films and 25 screenings of outstanding new films that will excite, delight, and enlighten the many thousands of filmgoers who come to our screenings — and events— at various locations and venues. The Jewish Film Festival offers Sponsors multiple excellent opportunities to present their companies’ message and image to our community—and to have an enjoyable personal experience at the same time.

his exhibit, which has been shown in more than 40 countries, tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and World War II. Selby Public Library will host the exhibit; students from Booker High School and local Holocaust survivors will be trained to act as docents. 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.


The Jewish News - August 2016  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish News - August 2016  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee