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7 Volume 8, No. 1 2018 Edition 108 pages USPS Permit No. 167 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 Email: Website: Jewish Federation Sta Howard Tevlowitz Executive Director Kim Mullins Chief Communications & Marketing Ocer Editor Ted Epstein Advertising Sales Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 Graphic Design & Production Federation Media Group, Inc. 239.249.0699 From the Executive Director Connections 2018 Your Guide to Celebrating Israel @ 70 in Sarasota-Manatee T he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to present this special edition of Connections magazine in honor of Israels 70 th anniversary of statehood. Our Federation has a longstanding history of supporting the State of Israel. rough solidarity, education, friendship and activism, we bring together members of the Jewish community, local ministerial associations, area synagogues, interfaith organizations, and people of all ages and backgrounds to advocate and show their love for Israel. Connections was designed to provide our community with resources that edu cate and raise awareness about Israel and its people, culture and traditions. We are thrilled that so many organizations in Sarasota-Manatee will be joining the celebration of this signicant milestone in Israels history by hosting lectures, food festivals, childrens programs, lm screenings and moreall the details of which you can nd here in Connections Be sure to keep this magazine handy throughout the year so you wont miss any of the fun! On behalf of the e Federations board and sta, I invite you to join us in the celebration of Israel @ 70! We look forward to seeing you! Howard Tevlowitz 0 7 MAGAZINE 2018 SPECIAL EDITION ConnectionsYOUR GUIDE TO CELEBRA TING ISRAEL 70 IN SARASOT AMANA TEE A FREE PUBLICATION OF 0 7 SPONSORED BY In honor of Israels 70th anniversary of statehood, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host a season of exciting programs designed to celebrate Israel arts and culture, food, lm and so much more! We are so grateful to our sponsors for making this celebration possible.FEDERATION TORCH SPONSORSLEON R. AND MARGARET M. ELLIN ROBERT AND ESTHER HELLER COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE NAIDITCH FAMILY FOUNDATIONLEAD SPONSORSLARRY GREENSPON AND MARY GRATEHOUSEGOLD SPONSORGERARD DANIELSILVER SPONSORSBOB CASPER HELEN AND LEN GLASER JUDD MALKIN AND KATHERINE CHEZMEDIA PARTNERS


8 Table of Contents FEDERATION.............................................12-19 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee...........12-16 Heller Community Relations Committee.......................17 Federation Grants to Overseas Organizations.......18-19 ARTS & CULTURE.......................................20-45 News and Information....................................................20-21 Film/Books/Music....................................................................22 Festivals/Celebrations.....................................................24-30 Jewish/Israeli Food...........................................................32-33 Federation Holocaust Services...........................................34 Speakers/Lectures/Classes.....................................35-45 DIRECTORY...............................................46-51 Synagogues.......................................................................46-48 Organizations.....................................................................49-51 ISRAEL @ 70...............................................52-77 The Balfour Declaration.................................................52-54 Zionism.....................................................................................55 Israel: The More You Know...................................................56 Demographic and Factual Information..........................57 Advocating for Israel........................................................58-59 Israel and the United Nations............................................60 Jewish Federation Missions.................................................61 Ethiopian Jewry.......................................................................62 Israel and Sarasota-Manatee...............................................63 Israel Tech Innovation...........................................................64 15 Ways Israel Amazed and Inspired in 2016........65-67 Maps.........................................................................68 The Four Cultures of Israel............................................70-73 Prime Ministers of Israel......................................................74 Presidents of Israel.................................................................75 Heroes of Israel..................................................................76-77 FOCUS ON YOUTH....................................78-87 Federation and other Programs...................................78-85 Directory.........................................................................86-87 CALENDAR.............................................88-101 Community Events.........................................................88-100 Candle Lighting Times........................................................101 Jewish Holidays.....................................................................101 INDEX........................................................103 DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS.....................104 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee thanks all of our advertisers for their continued support! Without them we would be unable to provide you with Connections Please support our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad in Connections QUESTIONS? Contact Ilene Fox 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.orgJFEDSRQ.ORG Welcome Looking to connect with other members of the Jewish community? We want to help you with your transition to the Sarasota-Manatee area, and help you feel at home. Our mid-size community oers the benets of a large city with the hospitality of a small townwith a multitude of synagogues, Jewish organizations, and cultural events. Join us for a complimentary NEWCOMERS RECEPTION, THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 5:00 PMat e Francis, 1289 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Please refer to page 30 for details.


TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM is a full-service synagogue which oers a variety of worship services including daily minyan, Shabbat, Festival and High Holy Day services, and services for children. Services are a wonderful mix of traditional melodies, Hebrew songs, Torah chanting, and joyous spirit. We welcome you to nd your Jewish home here at Temple Beth Sholom. Our kehillah values congregational diversity and encourages innovative and uplifting experiences. TBS will proactively promote involvement across all age groups, with an enhanced emphasis on engaging and retaining young families. We encourage unaliated Jews of all denominations to join with us and help build an outstanding and sustainable Jewish community. Temple Beth Sholom is Committed to Your Jewish Life A MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT 1050 South Tuttle Avenue | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941-955-8121 Our home is your home, we welcome your participation! FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES TO ENJOY TOGETHER Continuing Education adult learning opportunities year-round Jewish Cemetery burial grounds in Sarasota county Kosher Kitchen/Catering we will make your simcha extraordinary Idelson Library accredited collection of Jewish content books and media Judaica Shop variety of items for your holiday, gift and every day needs Judaica Museum and Holocaust Garden reecting the eclectic culture of our Jewish life Shabbat Services family and traditional Ritual Involvement touching on all aspects of Jewish life Shabbat Shaboom Saturday morning service and programming for young families Youth Group serving our youth, 3rdth grade Sisterhood and Mens Club where adult congregants enjoy friendship PREP (Paver Religious Educational Program) providing grades K educational experiences guided by the Conservative Movements principle 90 YEARS Temple Beth SholomPROUDLY SERVING SARASOTAS JEWISH COMMUNITY FOR OVER


QUESTIONS? Contact Co-Chairs Rosann Black at or Melissa Howard at MelissaIsrael70@gmail.comFor more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at or 941.343.2109 sh WE LOVE ISRAEL Shuk JOIN US IN CELEBRATING ISRAELS 70TH BIRTHDAY by attending our WE LOVE ISRAEL SHUK : a place for gathering, shopping, tasting new treats, nding new jewelry or Judaica, and experiencing life like an Israeli! Vendors will wow you with their challah covers, sparkling Ethiopian Israelimade jewelry or the perfect mezuzah for your home. Musicians and speakers will share their love for Israel. Sunday January 14 COME CHECK THESE OUT! American Idol contestant Shira Gavrielov on the Main Stage Amiel Tours: Giveaways Megemeria: Ethiopian-Israeli jewelry Traditional Israeli Foods Christian Goods and Judaica Birthday Party for Israel in Kids Section Childrens Choir from Community Day School Israeli Music Sights, Smells and Tastes of Israel! SPONSORED BYFor more information visit Campus125PM 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota FREE ADMISSIONDO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PICTURE that you or a family member took in Israel? If so, please email a high resolution digital copy to and be sure to include a short note about where and when it was taken. Your submissions will be used to create the Israel From the Eyes of the Community display at the Shuk!


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12 T he mission of e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel. We are commit ted to our vision of a vibrant Jewish community. We feel that one of the best ways to build community is by col laborating with people and organizations who share our vision. We are so fortunate to have many partners, both religious and secular, who embrace our values and are willing to work together on new and exciting initiatives that impact the lives of indi viduals here in our commu nity and around the world. e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has been a community leader in grant ing funds for vital programs and initiatives over the past decade. Federation has be come more than social pro grams, social welfare and services. Its about policy, advocacy, Zionism and mak ing sure Holocaust survivors and seniors in distress get the support they need. ese are the kinds of programs and initiatives that are sup ported by our Jewish Federation. We strive to improve the human condition, es pecially for those in need or at risk, whether in our local community through our partnership with JFCS, or in Israel and in 70 countries around the world through e American Jewish Joint Distribution Com mittee and e Jewish Agency for Israel. In addition to underwriting numerous social wel fare programs, all Federation programs are now geared toward one or more of the following goals: (1) ensur ing a vibrant Jewish future, (2) ensuring the safety and security of Israel, and (3) ghting anti-Semitism and BDS. We believe that ongoing educational opportunities are key to combating big otry, racism, bullying and anti-Semitism. In order to accomplish this, we work together with educational institutions, the faith com munity, and area non-prot organizations. We believe deeply in the importance of interfaith initiatives to help build a strong and healthy commu nity. Our Jewish Federation is viewed as the premier interfaith connector in the Sarasota-Manatee area. rough our work with the Robert and Esther Heller Community Relations Committee, we have established strong partnerships with the Sarasota and Manatee Ministerial Associa tions, the Catholic Diocese, NAACP Sarasota Chapter, Unidos Now and hundreds of clergy throughout our Our Mission:To strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel.


13 two-county area. Federations clarity regarding in terfaith activities is one of the more pointed changes Federation has made over the last ve years. Our focus is on increasing the teach ing of acceptance and understand ing within our public schools and through our arts community; build ing relationships with other minor ity communities; and continuing to strengthen our relationships with faith-based and not-for-prot com munities. Being a good and active neighbor is a major component of supporting Jewish needs locally, as well as a primary Jewish tenet. On our Interfaith Mission in 2017, we had the opportunity to travel with representatives from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, NAACP Sarasota Chap ter, Bradenton Area Economic De velopment Corporation, Ringling School of Art + Design and more. We have already seen the impact that the trip to Israel has made on these and other organizations. For example, Economic Development Corporation is planning to return to Israel in late 2017 with additional members of their team to scout po tential partnerships for businesses in our area. We work together with our part ners to bring Israel to our commu nity through various events and programs; as well, we have a long standing commitment of providing Israel travel experiences to teens and young adults, families and lead ership of the Jewish and secular community. is year, our Federa tion is focused on a communitywide celebration of Israel @ 70. is theme will run through many of our programs. In an eort to expand FEDERATION SPONSORED EVENTS *List in formation OUR FEDERATION IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH AREA SYNAGOGUES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP BRING ISRAEL @ 70 TO SARASOTA-MANATEE AND CELEBRATE WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE! SPONSORED BY VISIT JFEDSRQ.ORG/ISRAEL70 FOR ALL DETAILS Join Us! Documentary: Egyptian Jewry Chanukah Israel Celebration A Taste of Chanukah 2017 Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival Jerusalem Uncovered: The Archaelogical Claim to Jerusalem Luncheon: Israel-Mote Partnership 10th Annual Food Festival Celebrating Israel Lecture: Raid on Entebbe Education Day: Jewish Genetic Diseases Rescuing Syrias Jews: Dr. Judy Feld Carr Shalom Shuk 70 An Israeli Market Place Israel Pub Night A World of Jazz Sarasota Jazz Festival Remembering to Rejoicing: The Legacy of Anne Frank and the Miracle of Israel Israel Heritage Celebration Temple Beth Israel Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch Chabad of Sarasota Chabad of Venice & North Port Chabad of Venice & North Port Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Temple Sinai Chabad of Venice & North Port SaBra Hadassah Temple Beth Sholom Jewish Congregation of Venice Temple Emanu-El Jazz Club of Sarasota Sarasota Jewish Chorale Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida DECEMBER 10 DECEMBER 12 DECEMBER 17 DECEMBER 17 JANUARY 16 JANUARY 23 JANUARY 28 FEBRUARY 1 FEBRUARY 14 FEBRUARY 25 FEBRUARY 18 FEBRUARY 24 MARCH 8 10 MARCH 25 APRIL 15 DATE ORGANIZATION EVENT NAME*


14 the program to impact as many people as possible, we are partnering with synagogues, churches, arts organi zations and other non-prots to support their Israelthemed programming. Our Israel @ 70 chairs, Rosann Black and Melissa Howard, have selected a number of thought-provoking and fun events designed to deepen our communitys connection to Israel. Our Federation proudly welcomed our newest Is raeli Shaliach, Maor Ben-Arie, to Sarasota-Manatee earlier this year. is position is a partnership between Federation, Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life, and Com munity Day School. Maor is working with individuals of all ages to bring Israel to our community through education, interesting programs and thoughtful conversation. As a Federation, it is our goal to celebrate Israels 70 th birthday by honoring its cultural, artistic and historical achievements. And it is our goal to honor Israel for be ing a humanitarian democracy seeking a just peace for its people. We are proud to be a major supporter of Israel, through pro viding missions so that all ages can be exposed to the miraculous Is rael experience rsthand; through Israel celebrations and programs presented locally; through educa tion and advocacy on Israels be half; and through funding of critical social and human services in Israel. Our support for Israel is fervent and enduring. We look forward to celebrating this important mile stone with our entire community! C Y J L T I J L e Jewish Federation is the only local organization focused on the wholeall of us thriving together. Whatever you cherish most about Jewish lifelearning, community, supporting Israel, combatting anti-Semitism, social justice or caring for those in needby leaving a legacy to e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, you ensure that your values are sustained for future generations.How will you assure Jewish tomorrows? By leaving a Legacy today! JFEDSRQ.ORG/L For more information, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111




Get complete information and purchase tickets as they become 0 7 CELEBRATE WITH US Newcomers Event We Love Israel Shuk Featuring Vendors, Food and EntertainmentInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day Honoring the Italian community Ethiopian-Israeli Hip Hop Concert Ethiopian-Israeli Cultural Day Israeli Chef Dinner Featuring Chef Einat Admony9th Annual Jewish Film Festival Happy Birthday IsraelFeaturing the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and The Shuk Band Yom Haatzmaut CelebrationJANUARY 11 JANUARY 14 JANUARY 28 FEBRUARY 17 FEBRUARY 18 FEBRUARY 26 MARCH 8-18 MARCH 11 APRIL 15


17 Heller Community Relations Committee S ince its inception, the Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative, now called the Heller Community Relations Committee (CRC), has been our commu nitys leading pro-Israel voice. rough the years it became much more and for many more people. We have successfully integrated education about anti-Semitism and our inter faith communities as well. e CRC has advocated for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness; raised awareness of and actively con fronted anti-Semitism and global radical Islam; and directly addressed anti-Israel activities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. CRC has made these eorts through educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public ocials. In the last few years, anti-Semitism on the college campus has risen and even inltrated one of our hometown col leges. Our response is the initiative Fighting Anti-Semitism Today. e TODAY is critical in this task force. We are not working to educate about anti-Semitism of the Catholic Church pre-Nostra aetate, anti-Semitism of King Ferdinand II and the Spanish Inquisition, or even anti-Semitism in early 1930s Europe. It is now important to battle anti-Semitism of TODAY. In 2015, the anti-Semitism of TODAY was BDS on the college campus. In 2017, the anti-Sem itism of TODAY is bomb threats to Jewish organizations, and neoNazis proudly marching in our streets. e Heller CRC engages all of our community, including thousands of non-Jewish Israel supporters, by speaking about these issues and opening mis sions to Israel to civic groups, churches and other organiza tions and religious institutions. Our greatest strength is the relationships weve built in the community. You might think theres no reason for Jews in the Dias pora to advocate for Israel, because its already established and thriving, right? Wrong. We need your help, your ad vocacy, activism and friendship. To learn more, please visit rff ntbt rf fnt We do it. bn bbt We do it. fn fbfrbt We do it. nb bnb ft This is what we do.DO SOMETHING. JOIN US. ttfnbbnt HADASSAHr 16 Hadassah, The Womens Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Hadassah, the H logo, and Hadassah the Power of Women Who Do are registered trademarks of Hadassah, The Womens Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Hadassah Ad_Jewish SNews Sarasota_Dec.indd 1 11/3/16 3:27 PM


18 Federation Grants to Overseas Organizations T he Overseas Granting Com mittee and the Womens Giving Circle of e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee granted a total of $350,000 to non-prot organizations in Israel in 2017 to support projects that directly impact the lives of Jews in Is rael and overseas through education, security and disaster preparedness, so cial services, elder care and more. Our Overseas Granting Commit tee, chaired by Nelle Miller and Steve Lewis, chose 20 deserving projects from the 107 grant applications they received. ese grants are designed to protect and care for Jews in places and at times when they are most vulnerable or in need. e committee granted a to tal of $300,000 to the following projects: American Committee for Le hosheet Yad: In-patient activities and support services $12,000 American Friends of Jordan River Village: Creating a Future for Sick Children $10,000 American Friends of Leket Israel: Meal Rescue for Holocaust Survi vors and Seniors in Need $15,000 American Friends of Yad Eliezer: Feed a Baby $10,000 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: relief for elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union $19,000 Chaverim Israel Family: Free Phar macy program $20,000 Galilee Medical Center: Under ground Control Room for emer gencies $14,000 Hand in Hand: Center for JewishArab Education in Israel: School in Kfar Saba $18,000 Hatzolah: Ambulance for the Jeru salem Area Project $15,000 Jerusalem College of Technology/ Lev Academic Center: Education for Ethiopians Program $10,000 e Jewish Agency for Israel: Choosing Tomorrow Laad $15,000 e Jewish Agency for Israel: Wings Services for Lone Immi grant Soldiers $18,000 Mote Marine Laboratory: MoteIsrael Cooperative Marine Re search Program (MIC) $10,000 NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War: Clini cal Trauma Treatment for Children in NATALs Clinical Unit $15,000 Orr Shalom: Safety Net Program for At-Risk Babies $15,000 A Warm Home for Every Soldier: Adoptive Families for New Immi grant Lone Soldiers $15,000 Yad Ezra VShulamit: Feed a Baby program $20,000 Yashar LaChayal: Needy Soldier Supply Closet $15,000 ZAKA Search and Rescue: Emer gency Disaster Preparedness $16,000 ZAKA Search and Rescue: Re silience Training in Belgium and France $18,000 Rescuing Excess Food for Israels NeedyOne quarter of the Israeli population lives under the poverty line while, simultaneously, one third of all food produced is wasted. Leket Israels mission is to rescue excess food from hotels, caterers, farmers, army bases, and others and distributing it to the hungry. PO Box 2090 Teaneck, NJ 07666(201)-331-0070 With your help, we can continue making strides to end hunger. THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE Every woman matters here.The Womens Giving Circle [ Maagal Nashim] is a giving circle that empowers women as funders, decision makers and agents of change. Each member contributes the same amount, and each has an equal voice in directing our funds. The giving circle model multiplies individual actions, creating a tremendous collective impact. In the last four years, we have distributed more than $133,000 in grants to nonprofits in Israel that help women and children of all backgrounds live safer, healthier and more meaningful lives. Contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or OUR MISSIONTo enhance the lives of Jewish women and children who are in need of help and live in Israel.


19 e Federations Womens Giv ing Circle, Maagal Nashim (Circle of Women) awards grants to orga nizations in Israel beneting women and children. Its mission is to practice tikkun olam (improving the world) through a circle of caring women in order to enhance the lives of Jew ish women and children in Israel. e group, founded four years ago by Ros Mazur and Karen Bernstein, and now chaired by Adrea Sukin, received 88 ap plications and chose 10 projects to fund in 2017 with a total of $50,000. Grants were made to the following: Artists4Israel: Healing Arts Kits to prevent PTSD in children in crises $5,000 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: SULAMOT (music for social change) project $6,000 Ethiopian National Project: SPACE (School Performance and Commu nity Empowerment) scholastic as sistance for Ethiopian-Israeli girls $5,000 Shabtai Levi Home: sexual abuse survivor therapy at the Mother/ Child unit $6,000 Mavoi Satum: emotional support for mesoravort get (Jewish women denied a divorce) $6,000 Orr Shalom: clothing and equipment packs for orphans at risk $6,000 Krembo Wings: Youth Movement for Children: Community Leaders Counselor Training (Tsfat Branch) $6,000 Bat Melech: animal-assisted ther apy for children who are victims of domestic abuse $2,000 Economic Empowerment for Women: A Business of Ones Own program $5,000 Crossroads: Teen Crisis Hotline $3,000 For more information about Fed erations Overseas Granting Committee or the Womens Giving Circle, contact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or PLEASE RSVP to Debbie Sanford 941.706.0033 or THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE You Are InvitedWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 201710:00AMCommunity Foundation of Sarasota County 2635 Fruitville Rd Sarasota OPEN HOUSEGuest Speaker: Simone Knego discussing the Ethiopian National Project SPACE (School Performance and Community Empowerment) Scholastic Assistance ProgramBring a friend or two to learn about the Womens Giving Circle and hear about exciting projects that we have supported.Adrea Sukin, Chair


20 News and Information Monthly newspaper T he Jewish News of SarasotaManatee is now recognized as one of the leading Jewish community newspapers in thecoun try. Published monthly by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee the newspaper serves as a major source of Jewish news and information for the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community. In addition to more than 10,000 sub scribers, the newspaper can be found in all area temples and synagogues in Sarasota-Manatee, as well as our part ner agencies, public libraries and vari ous businesses in the area. Serving the community for over 45 years, the newspaper, rst published in 1971, has gone through several design, paper, size and editorial changes. Most issues have between 36 and 48 pages. Each month, readers of e Jew ish News get news and updates on all Jewish-related local events, including the Jewish Film Festival, family pro grams, book study groups, timely lec tures, theatrical performances, food festivals and comedy nights. ey also get updates from local synagogues and Jewish organizations. It is the place they turn to for Federation updates, community news, Jewish Happenings, photos of recent events, and features on local leaders. e newspaper also has a Focus on Youth section, Israel & the Jewish World items, commentary pieces and general Jewish interest articles. Ted Epstein, editor/designer of Connections has been the managing editor and designer of e Jewish News since August 2009. e mission of e Jewish News is to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish commu nity of Sarasota-Manatee; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community; and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish partners. In accomplishing this mission, the newspaper seeks to: Celebrate Jewish life in SarasotaManatee Inform, enrich and entertain its readers Strengthen Jewish identity and facilitate participation in Jewish community life Provide an ecient advertising and editorial network to busi nesses that serve our area Provide dynamic and eective outreach to the Jewish and inter faith community Provide a forum for discussion to engage and educate the Jewish family e latest issue can be viewed on line at For more information about e Jewish News or to receive a subscrip tion, please call 941.371.4546 x0 or send an email to We welcome editorial submissions from the community. Send them to For adver tising questions, contact Robin Leon ardi at e Federation at 941.552.6307 or


21 e-newsletter E ach week, the Federation emails a community newsletter with the latest information on upcoming community events and cultural activi ties, news from Israel and the Jewish world and more. When theres fastbreaking news, youll get an alert as well. To sign up, visit and click on the Get Updates link at the top of each page, or send an email to Website V isitors to will nd a wealth of information, including upcoming Federa tion and community events, a commu nity directory, program descriptions, education opportunities, Holocaust Awareness, Federation partners and sponsors, and links to the online ver sion of e Jewish News monthly news paper and this publication. ere are also sections that provide information on where you can get help, such as camp incentive grants, educa tion scholarships, and senior services. e website makes it easy to learn about ways you can support your Fed eration and how you can get involved. Community Calendar T he Federation maintains a cal endar for meetings and events of all Jewish organizations in the area. Visit the Community Calendar page at and youll nd extensive listings of events for today, this week, this month and throughout the year. You can search for events by keyword, a range of dates, or the host ing organization. Have an event youd like to make the community aware of? You can add it to the calendar as well. News and Information LChayim HERES TO LIFE ON THE GULF COAST Committed to the Jewish Community for over 20 years, Stacy is passionate about real estate and strives to build ever-lasting relationships based on exceptional service, uncompromising values and a strong work ethic. Stacy Hanan, 1605 Main Street | Sarasota, Florida 34236 | 941.951.6660 rfn tbrf btfn bttn n 0 7 Naiditch Family Foundationnf rfr rfn tbr YEARLONGJEWISH FILMS


22 Films/Books/Music 9 th Annual Jewish Film Festival T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee s ninth annual Jewish Film Festival will be held March 8-18. e event will feature mul tiple lms with Opening Night at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium; Clos ing Night Festivities will be held at the Sahib Shriners Convention Hall; all other lms will be screened at the Regal Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota. e goal of the festival is to expose viewers to a variety of lms that show case Israels history, culture and people in honor of Israel @ 70. ese lms can inform ones thinking, cause us to laugh or cry, and help us gain a better under standing of the issues facing Israel today. For more info, contact Debbie San ford at 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfed, or visit TBS Idelson Library Film Matinee Series T he Idelson Library is pleased to announce the continuation of its Matinee Film Series with a new state-of-the-art video projector. e lms are shown in the Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall (1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota) at 1:15 p.m. Refreshments, in cluding popcorn, are served courtesy of the Mens Club. A question-and-answer session follows each lm. e suggested donation is $3 for Temple Beth Sholom members and $5 for nonmembers. All of these lms have received wide acclaim at Jewish Film Festivals throughout the country. For more information, call 941.955.8121. Upcoming lms: December 21: Inside Hanas Suitcase January 25: e Womens Balcony February 15: Inventing Our Life: e Kibbutz Experiment TBS Book Review and Discussion T emple Beth Sholoms Idelson Li brary oers reviews on books that present unusual perspec tives on the Jewish experience. e pro grams are held in the Band/Desenberg Chapel (1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota) at 1:15 p.m. Light refreshments are served in the chapel lobby. For more information, call Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554. Upcoming reviews: December 6: Dr. Earl Prohofsky will review Einstein: e Life of a Genius by Walter Isaacson January 17: Dr. Ralph Levitt will review Let ere Be Water: Israels Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel February 7: Harold Halpern will review Herzls Vision: eodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State by Shlomo Avineri Full-Service Bookstore Special Orders Author Events Customized Group Events On-Line Shopping Option 12 S. Palm Downtown Sarasota 941-365-7900 W hether you received a windfall payout or have spent a lifetime accumulating a degree of financial wealth, the nurturing of those rest in the hands of a company with the in tegrity and experience to preserve and grow your assets. 1100 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SUI T E 300 SARA S O T A, F L 34236 941.706.3449 Trust. to a company you can trust. Sahali, the only foal of Kechena, a rescued Secretariat granddaughter, 23 hours after birth. Photo by Diane C. Nicholson


24 Festivals/Celebrations Chabad of Sarasotas A Taste of Chanukah C habad of Sarasota invites you to its Community Chanukah Festival Israel-Style. Sponsored by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee the event takes place on Sunday, December 17 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Admission is $5 per person; free for children under 13. For more information, visit or call 941.925.0770. Here are some highlights: Enjoy a performance by Comic Daredevil Bello Nock Live entertainment and performance by BMX Trick Stars Ride the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Train Large balloon menorah Enjoy catered kosher food prepared by the areas nest caterers, including Michaels On East and Munchies 420 Cafe Latkes, sufganiyot, pretzels, popcorn carts and more Slide down the Hermon mountain from a large 4-ton snow slide Enjoy bungee jumping and Orbitron game Live music, magicians, arts & cras, face painting and more Celebrate Ethiopian-Israeli Culture in Sarasota-Manatee J oin e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as we celebrate Ethiopian-Israeli culture with Caf Shahor Hazak (Strong Black Coee), an Ethiopian Israeli hiphop duo, on February 17 and 18. e events are chaired by Simone Knego. e Saturday night event will be held at the Sahib Shriners Convention Hall in Sarasota; the Sunday event will be held at Temple Sinai and will be family-friendly. For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or, or visit www.jfedsrq. org/israel70. DONT FALL! Spelled Different Because We Are Different5922 Cattlemen Lane, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232(941) 378-8977 Balance Retraining and Fall Prevention Orthopedic and Neurological Rehabilitation Aquatic Physical Therapy Individualized Fitness & Wellness Programs We Specialize in... Call now to schedule, or stop in! FREE FALL RISK ASSESSMENT!


25 Festivals/Celebrations We Love Israel Shuk/Marketplace I n honor of Israels 70 th anniversary of statehood, e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host the We Love Israel Shuk on Sunday, January 14 on e Fed eration Campus. e event is chaired by Rosann Black and Melissa Howard. e Shuk (the Hebrew word for an open-air market) is a place for gathering, shopping, entertainment, food and experiencing life like an Israeli! Vendors will sell Judaica, jewelry and art; food vendors like Michaels On East and Louies Modern will bring you traditional Israeli cuisine; kids will have an area just for them with games and ac tivities; and from the main stage, youll be entertained by musicians and hear from speakers who love Israel and what it stands for. Admission is free! For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or, or visit www.jfedsrq. org/israel70. Happy Birthday Israel! Celebration T he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents Happy Birthday Israel, a celebratory, family-friendly birthday party for Israel, on Sunday, March 11 at Ro barts Arena. e celebration includes a performance by Keshet Chaim, an Israeli modern-dance troupe, and music by e Shuk Band. We will honor members of our community who have been instrumental in starting and supporting programs that provide Israel experiences for teens in Sarasota-Manatee: Richard Bergman, Beatrice Friedman and family, Esther and Robert Heller, the Hershorin/Schi families, the Kalin and Malkin families, Joan and Bartram Levenson, Sally (zl) and Sam Shapiro and family, and Anne and Barry Stein. Tickets start at $10. For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or, or visit www.jfedsrq. org/israel70. The Family Jeweler8342 Market Street, Lakewood Ranch Extraordinary Selection of Fine Jewelry Certied Watchmaker Appraisals Expert Jewelry Repairs Watch Batteries Restringing Buying Precious Metals 941.907.3418Keep it in the family...Your one-stop full-service jewelry center AWorld of Jazz J Featuring renowned Musicians from Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Israel, and the U.S. MARCH8-10SARASOTA38th ANNUALFESTIVALAZ Z 2018 Art Ovation Hotel 1255 N. Palm Ave. downtown Sarasota Sponsored by The Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial FoundationTo order tickets go to or call 800-838-3006


26 Festivals/Celebrations Yom HaAtzmaut/ Israel Family Education T emple Emanu-El Religious School is known for hands-on learning and captivating Jewish educational experiences for children and teens and the schools recent ex pansion into family education will take on a decidedly Israeli twist this year! Temple Emanu-El is proud to an nounce that a family learning program centered on Yom HaAtzmaut Israeli Independence Day and Israel will take place in the spring. With various learn ing stations; experiential opportunities to explore Israels culture, art, food and music; and lessons and projects for par ents and children to engage in together, this promises to be a very special morn ing connecting families with Israel. Whether families have visited Chanukah Israel Celebration E very year, Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch draws hun dreds to its popular Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. is year, Chabad will be celebrating Cha nukah with an Israeli-themed event. e event will feature a concert Israel and know our homeland well, or are just beginning to forge a con nection to Israel, all will be uplied and enriched by this intergenerational learning experience. For more information, please call 941.379.1997. with e Freylach Band, an Israel Char ity Box Menorah, Israeli-style kosher food, Kona Ice Truck, Chanukah art, face painting, doughnut decorating, hot latkes, Judah the Maccabee, dreidel mascot, dreidel moon bounce, Chanu kah Storytime Booth, Latke Bike, raes and more. e community is invited to spread the light and donate to eight dif ferent charities in Israel with the eight charity box candles featured on the Is rael Charity Box Menorah. e event will take place on Tues day, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. on Lake wood Ranch Main Street. Admission is free with nominal food fees. is event is sponsored by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Lakewood Ranch Main Street. For more information, please call 941.752.3030, email info@chabad or visit www.chabad reserve@aldlimo.com5330 34th Street West Bradenton FL 34210Proudly Providing Transportation for The Jewish Federations 2017-2018 Event Season LOCAL SERVICE HOURLY DAILY WEEKLY OPEN 24/7Experience on time, reliable, courteous service in clean, professionally chauffeured vehicles. 10% OFF ANY TRIP PROMO CODE: TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ALL AREA AIRPORTS Sarasota Tampa St. Petersburg Punta Gorda Fort Myers Orlando1-855-799-LIMO


27 Festivals/Celebrations See pages 88-100 for a calendar of community events covering Dec. 2017 to June 2018. T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee sponsors the an nual Womens Day Luncheon which provides an opportunity for women to come together around a theme they can all relate to while enjoy ing an inspiring speaker and a delicious lunch. is event is held annually in De cember and has featured speakers such as Paula Abdul, Marlee Matlin, Camryn Manheim and Campbell Brown. is years event features U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. For more information on the Womens Day Luncheon, please con tact Gisele Pintchuck at 941.706.0029 or Womens Day Luncheon A re you new to Sarasota-Mana tee or new to e Jewish Fed eration of Sarasota-Manatee ? Join e Federation at its annual New comers Reception on January 11 at 5:00 p.m. to meet and connect with others in the community and learn about up coming programs and events. is free event will be held at e Francis, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. RSVP required at events or contact Ilene Fox at ifox@ or 941.343.2111. Newcomers Reception FELDMANWEALTH ADVISORY JOSEPH M. FELDMAN, CFP CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER PROFESSIONAL941.260.9174 | JFELDMAN@FELDMANWA.COM | INVESTMENTS | FINANCIAL PLANNING | INSURANCESECURITIES OFFERED THROUGH VALMARK SECURITIES, INC. MEMBER FINRA, SIPC. INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH VALMARK ADVISERS, INC., A SEC REGISTERED INVESTMENT ADVISOR. 130 SPRINGSIDE DRIVE, AKRON, OH 44333. 800-765-5201. FELDMAN WEALTH ADVISORY, LLC IS A SEPARATE ENTITY FROM VALMARK SECURITIES, INC. AND VALMARK ADVISERS, INC. Opening Night Chair: Bunny Skirboll THURSDAY, MARCH 8. 2018Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail SarasotaGuest Speaker: Yariv Mozer Writer & DirectorCALL 866.465.3995 OR VISIT JFEDSRQ.ORG/JFF18Florida PREMIERE OPENING NIGHTNaiditch Family FoundationJFF Co-Chairs: Fran Braverman and Evans Tilles SPONSORED BY This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Aairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture.


28 Festivals/Celebrations Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut Israel @ 70 J oin e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to celebrate Is raels 70 th birthday with food, chil drens activities and more, at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. For more information about this free event, contact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or, or visit 70. Temple Emanu-El Israel Shabbat T emple Emanu-El warmly invites lovers of Israel to a very special Israel Shabbat. In partnership with e Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee Temple Emanu-El will host a wonderful Shabbat experience celebrating the food, music and sacred nature of our Holy Land. Israel Shabbat will begin with a delicious Israeli-style Shabbat dinner featuring falafel, hummus and other treats, and continue with a Shabbat worship experience highlighting Israeli music and Israeli songs. Following ser vices, there will be an opportunity to learn more about Israel, Israeli travel, and ways to support charitable, cultural and advocacy organizations in Israel. Israel Shabbat is being planned by Temple Emanu-Els Israel Com mittee. For more information, please contact Israel Committee Chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or D o w n t o w n O a s i s L o c a t e d d o w n t o w n a l o n g t h e c o a s t l i n e o f S a r a s o t a B a y H o t e l I n d i g o c a p t u r e s t h e a r t o f t r o p i c a l i n s p i r a t i o n w i t h l u x u r i o u s a m e n i t i e s a n d e x c e p t i o n a l s e r v i c e O u r u r b a n b o u t i q u e h o t e l o f f e r s c o u r t e s y a i r p o r t t r a n s p o r t a t i o n g o u r m e t c u i s i n e c o m p l i m e n t a r y W i F i c o v e r e d p a r k i n g a n d p e t f r i e n d l y r o o m o p t i o n s W i n e a n d d i n e i n H 2 O B i s t r o o u r g o u r m e t b i s t r o a n d f u l l W i n e a n d d i n e i n H 2 O B i s t r o o u r g o u r m e t b i s t r o a n d f u l l s p e c i a l t y l i q o u r b a r P R O U D P A R T N E R S O F T H E S A R A S O T A M A N A T E E J E W I S H C O M M U N I T Y 1 2 2 3 B l v d o f t h e A r t s | S a r a s o t a F L 3 4 2 3 6 9 4 1 4 8 7 3 8 0 0


29 Festivals/Celebrations Remembering to Rejoicing T he Sarasota Jewish Chorale, un der the leadership of its new Ar tistic Director, Sharon Greene, celebrates its 18 th ( chai ) year with a gala concert on March 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. Part one honors Anne Frank with a repertoire of songs with Holocaust overtones. Part two pays tribute to the 70 th birthday of Israel with memorable pieces such as Exodus and Jerusalem of Gold. e dramatic choral program e Legacy of Anne Frank and the Miracle of Israel Sophisticated Ladies Celebrate Israel@70 T he Temple Beth Sholom Sister hood will present Sophisticated Ladies Celebrate Israel@70, its seventh annual luncheon, auction and fashion show at noon on Wednesday, February 21. Ladies clothing by Pana ch, a distinctive boutique in down town Sarasota, will be featured. is event raises money for youth programs, Camp Ramah Darom schol arships, and community-wide youth groups. Guests will have the oppor tunity to bid on an extensive array of items displayed at the auction, includ ing jewelry and gi certicates. is event will take place at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For information, call Hannah Puckhaber at 941.955.8121. will be accompanied by instrumenta tion and a coordinated slideshow. In addition, the second half will feature the premiere performance of a work honoring Israel commissioned by the Chorale to commemorate its milestone. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. is event is spon sored by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee e Sarasota Jewish Chorale is a group of volunteer singers of all levels whose mission is to keep Jewish mu sical heritage alive, singing Yiddish, Israeli and synagogue music. e Cho rale rehearses on ursday evenings throughout the season on e Federa tion Campus. For contact information and perfor mance dates, please visit www.sarasota or contact Ronnie Riceberg at 508.942.1479 or info@sara


30 Festivals/Celebrations Temple Emanu-El Israel Pub Night I magine yourself in an Israeli cof feehouse or pubrelaxing with a glass of Israeli wine or Israeli cra beernoshing on falafel or other Is raeli treatsenjoying Israeli music matching wits with fellow lovers of Is rael in a trivia contestand spending a great evening with old and new friends. Temple Emanu-Els Israel Commit tee, Brotherhood and Sisterhood cant y you to Tel Aviv for a night out but Temple Emanu-Els Israel Pub Night may be the next best thing! e community is warmly invited to this special evening, co-sponsored by e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee A fun pub night with an Is raeli twist, Israel Pub Night will feature Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival T he Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival will be held on Sun day, December 17at Centen nial Park in downtown Venice, an open event for the entire community starting at 4:30 p.m. casual socializing and mingling, mu sic, games, trivia, and Israeli food and drinks all served up in a welcoming, festive atmosphere. Temple EmanuEl looks forward to saying Bruchim habaim! and sharing this evening together. Israel Pub Night will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. For more information or reservations, please call 941.379.1997. A unique menorah will be at this years event the branches are created fromused Kassam rockets red into Is rael in the summer of mon umental menorah inspired by Israeli artist Yaron Bobs motto, Making a rose from aKassam was generously donated by a local community member, and will be prominentlydisplayed. Bob uses his creativetalent to spread the plight of besieged Israeli cities, and do nates a portion of his worksproceed ings to the upkeep of bomb shelters in oen-shelled neighborhoods. is years event features a fullyloaded program, including live Israeli andklezmer music, a presentation from Chabads Hebrew School students, and aDreidel House and moon bounce for kids. Traditional Hanukkah and Israeli foods falafel, latkes, donuts andmat zah ball soup will be served at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. For more information, call Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or visit Thursday, January 11 5:00-7:00 PM New to the area? New to Federation? You are invited to the Newcomers Reception Connect with other members of the Jewish community This event is FREE, but reservations are required ___ Space is limited ___ CO-CHAIRS: JOY MORAVITZ AND SARANEE NEWMAN RSVP via or Ilene Fox 941.343.2111 | RRECEPTION EWCOMERS YEAR LONG COMMUNITY CELEBRATION WOMENS DAY Aly RaismanDecember 4, 2017 March 8, 2018 LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER discover... new way to care forA Comprehensive Dermatology Skin Cancer Detection Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery Cosmetic and Laser Services Medical Spa Treatments your skin 8451 Shade Avenue, Suite 205 Sarasota, FL 34243941-417-4104 David S. Sax, MDBoard Certified DermatologistCarlee LaPensee, ARNP


Temple Beth Israel567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key 941-383-3428 Temple Beth Israel, The Center of Jewish Living on Longboat Key On December 2, 1979, a small number of Jewish families met in a living room to light the spark that would kindle the light of Judaism on Longboat Key. That light would grow and become Temple Beth Israel. Temple Beth Israel is a beautiful house of worship, a center of activity for educational, cultural and social programs, a place to share, celebrate and pursue tikkun olam.The Temple Beth Israel family is a staunch supporter of the State of Israel. Though the Temple is the Center of Jewish Living on Longboat Key Beth Israel attracts members from the greater Sarasota and Bradenton areas. Temple Beth Israel members are among leaders in local, national and international Jewish and secular organizations. Experience Jewish heritage on Longboat Key through more than sixty stimulating programs and events throughout the year.Stay informed, register online to receive our weekly eBlast. Call 941-383-3428 or stop by for a tour of our campus. Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity For special membership incentives call: 941-383-3428. Info@tbi-lbk.orgRabbi Stephen L. Sniderman November 11, 2017


32 Jewish/Israeli Food Footsteps in Israel & Israeli Buffet Dinner C elebrate Congregation Ner Tamids signature Shab bat at Table with a delicious Israeli buet dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat prayers right at the table. Aer dinner, take a walk through a giant puzzle map of Israel, and share interesting information, entertaining anecdotes and favorite memories. is is a great experience for new and old friends, par ents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, couples and acquaintances. is free event is open to all, and takes place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26 at Congregation Ner Tamid, Lakeside South, 3817 40 th Ave. W., Bradenton. RSVP to shalom@ or 941.755.1231 by Friday, January 19. Israeli Dinner with Celebrity Chef Einat Admony T he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host an Israeli Chef Dinner on Monday, February 26 at Louies Modern, featuring Einat Admony, owner of Balaboosta in New York City, two-time Chopped winner and author of Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love Admony will create a special menu featuring contem porary Israeli cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Chairs of the event are Meredith Ernst and Adrea Sukin. Tickets are $150 per person. ere will be two seatings: one at 5:00 p.m. and another at 8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or, or visit www.jfedsrq. org/israel70. Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Marci Vitkus welcome you to weekly Friday night services and Oneg Shabbat. We use the Reform prayer book, enhanced with vocal, choral and instrumental music. Jewish Congregation of Venice Jewish Congregation of Venice600 N. Auburn Road, Venice FL 34292 941-484-2022 Chef Einat Admony, owner of Balaboosta PaiSanO s Italian Bakery Babka Rugala Strudel Hamantaschen BEST LOCAL BAKERY 941.926.84222736 Stickney Point Road 2016 FIRST PLACE ENJOY DELICIOUS HOMEMADE: Fresh Pita Bread Lahmeh Zaatar Desserts Imported Cheeses Spices Olives & More! HUMMUS GYROS FALAFEL TABBOULI SPIN ACH PIE Discover Sarasotas Finest Mediterranean Cuisine & Specialty MarketMention this ad for complimentary Baklava, Hot tea or Turkish coee with lunch or dinner, or receive a FREE Hummus, Falafel or Baba Ghanouj appetizer w/ your meal purchase of $25! KABABS KIBBEH BABA GHANOUJ LAHME H ZAATAR Fresh Pita Bread Imported Cheeses Spices Olives & more! Homemade & Delicious 4246 S. Tamiami Trail South of Bee Ridge Rd (941) 923-6666 www.oasiscafesarasota.comNow serving Beer & Wine!Monday Saturday 10:30 AM 8:00 PM Next-day Catering! FREE WiFi


33 Jewish/Israeli Food Temple Sinais 10 th Annual Jewish Food Festival T he 10 th Annual Sarasota Jewish Food Festival at Temple Sinai will celebrate the 70 th anniversary of Is raels Independence on Sunday, January 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is day of celebration will include Temple Sinais Re ligious School children singing Israeli songs. Movies and slideshows about Israels Independence, as well as Israeli music, will be highlighted during the days festivities. Temple Sinais Jewish mothers, fathers, bakers and chefs will make many Jewish foods. World famous NYC Carnegie Deli corned beef and pastrami will be on the menu. is years event is sponsored in part by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Furniture Warehouse, Autumn of Sarasota, Graphic Jam and Zildjian Catering. Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods or nonperishable donations for All Faiths Food Bank. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road (enter o of Proctor Rd. only, between Swi and Be neva). For more information, visit or call the temple oce at 941.924.1802. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Catering. The Reuben Have a Nosh, you look hungry! Strengthen your Jewish Connection with Congregation Ner Tamid Affordable and Pluralistic The only Reform Jewish Congregation in West Bradenton Warm, Friendly, Welcoming Equal Bimah participation for all Call F or Information 755-1231or email: shalom@nertamidorida.orgwww.nertamidorida.orgProudly serving the families of Manatee and Sarasota Counties Shalom Shuk at the Annual Jewish Food Festival A t the Jewish Congregation of Venice (600 N. Auburn Road) Jewish Food Festival, a tent will feature ven dors displaying a wide variety of Israeli merchan dise, a klezmer band and Israeli dance group will entertain, and Israeli and traditional Jewish foods will be on sale. e Food Festival attracts over 5,000 visitors each year, mostly non-Jews or non-aliated Jews from all over South Sarasota County, many of whom are interested in learning more about Israels history and culture. e festival, sponsored in part by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee takes place on Sunday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission, parking and shuttle. For more information, please call Judith Zangwill at 941.488.8128, or the JCV oce at 941.484.2022.


34 Federation Holocaust Services Programming T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee hosts the annual Holocaust Survivors Lun cheons Traditionally held during Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Purim, the events bring more than 150 Holocaust survivors and their families together to remember and commemorate their journey of survival and their passion for life. ese programs are in partner ship with JFCS of the Suncoast. e Federation is committed to providing Holocaust education and awareness programs for our commu nity. e Holocaust Speakers Bureau provides public and private school teachers the unique opportunity to ex pand their students Holocaust aware ness by inviting survivors and/or their descendants to share accounts of their experience with students. e Federation sponsors an annual Kristallnacht Commemoration and an International Holocaust Remem brance Day event. A multi-faceted, community-wide Yom HaShoah event is held annually at an area synagogue featuring readings, prayers and music. For more information, please con tact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or Holocaust Survivor Support Services T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee provides for as sistance and case management services for our local Holocaust sur vivors through Jewish Family & Chil drens Service of the Suncoast. Survivors receive help with locating available re sources including restitution applica tions, social inclusion programs, and assistance with opportunities through e Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. For more information about these services, contact Jan Alston at jalston@ or 941.366.2224 x172. A POWERFUL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY For Questions Contact Debbie Sanford941.706.0033 Inspiring Speakers to Choose from IncludingHILDE MANDEL PAUL MOLNAR RIFKA GLATZ GINETTE HERSH HENRY TENENBAUMHolocaust, Genocide and Tolerance Education The HOLOCAUST SPEAKERS BUREAU oers teachers a unique opportunity to expand their students classroom experience. We have a large number of Holocaust survivors who re side in this community. They are very motivat ed to visit school children and give their eyewit ness accounts of the Holocaust. Also available are speakers who were hidden children, those saved through the Kindertransport, resistance ghters, refugees, as well as World War II camp liberators. All speakers are authentic to their respective experiences and feel a strong commitment to bring an awareness of the consequences that result when evil is allowed to ourish. They feel privileged and grateful to live in this wonderful country where their voices are being heard. PROUDLY SPONSORED BY For Booking Contact Anne Stein, Speakers Bureau Coordinator 941.923.6470


35 Speakers/Lectures/Classes J oin us for a conversation with Rabbi Howard Simon, moderated by Isaac Azerad. is event is part of the yearlong Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity Pro gram celebrating the 70 th anniversary of the State of Israel. It will take place on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is sponsoring this event with a generous donation as part of the communitys Israel @ 70 celebration. Fieen years ago, Rabbi Michael Eisenstat, then rabbi at Temple Beth Israel, conceived of the educational program which now bears his name. e cost for nonmembers is $10 for advance reserva tions and $15 at the door. ere is no charge for Temple Beth Israel members. Reservations may be made by call ing the temple oce at 941.383.3428. Visit for information for the Miniversity schedule of dates and presenters. Seventy Years of Israel, the Miracle in the Making S tarting Over Again an award-winning documentary, tells the story about Egyptian Jews between 1948 and 1956, with 20 witnesses who narrate their own ex periences. e lm covers personal memories through in terviews, historical events and footages. Isaac Azerad will present his personal story with an introduction to the lm. e screening takes place on Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Long boat Key. e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is spon soring this event with a generous donation as part of the communitys Israel @ 70 celebration. e cost for nonmembers is $10 for advance reserva tions and $15 at the door. ere is no charge for Temple Beth Israel members. Reservations may be made by calling the temple oce at 941.383.3428. Temple Beth Israel Presents the Florida Premiere of Starting Over Again SAVE DATE OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY On this one day we remember those who suffered, those who fought, and those who died. HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY THE THURSDAY April 12, 2018 7:00 PMLOCATION T BD DURING TIMES OF NEE D FOR GENERATIONS JEWISH MEMBERS OF SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTY C OMMUNITIES HAVE TURNE D TO TOALE BROTHERS.LOCALL Y OWNED & OPERATED FOR OVER 100 YEARS3 GENERATIONS OF TOALE FAMIL Y MANAGEMENT Gerry RonkinJewish Family CoordinatorOFFICE941-955-4171


36 Speakers/Lectures/Classes Israel Lecture Series T his 3-part lecture series takes place at Chabad Education Cen ter, 21560 Angela Lane, Ven ice. For more information, call Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or visit Jerusalem Uncovered e Archaeo logical Claim to Jerusalem UNESCOs recent resolution regard ing the Temple Mount has sparked a furorof indignation from individu als and groups who were horried to discover that the Jewish peoples mil lennia-long connection to the site was largelyignored by the international group.Chabad of Venice and e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in vite the public to adenitive presenta tion by archeologist and scholar Rabbi AvrohomStolik. Hailed as the Jewish Indi anaJones,Stolik provides a well-re searched andthoroughly engaging exhibition of the historical evidence of the Jewishpeoples continuous connec tion to Jerusalem. Inthe presentation, Stolik will share his extensive knowl edge of Jewish history,biblical analysis and his passion for archaeology. e unique presentationwill in clude imagery, diagrams and videos that can benet anyone, whether or nothe or she has been to Israel be fore or has any background in history orarchaeology. Lectures take place on Tuesday, January 16 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Raid on Entebbe Sasson (Sassy) Reuven was born and raised in Beer Sheva, Israel, and joined the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) in 1973. He will tell the miraculous story of the hijacking, the battle for and rescue of Air France ight 139 from Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976, and its relevant mes sage to today. About the Talk: e preparations of the hijacking of the Air France ight and its devia tion to Uganda e battle that took place at the En tebbe air eld to rescue the hostages e death of Yoni Netanyahu Major Rami Shermans part in lead ing the hostages to the Hercules planes and to freedom Shermans personal March of the Living, as the son of a Holocaust Everything we do is focused on increasing our clients enjoyment of their wealth.We help them redeploy their wealth to more eciently sustain their lifestyles, so they can have more fun, help their families, and create a lasting impact on society.www.wealthenjoyment.com941.951.0443We just happen to be a Wealth Advisory Practice. Bruce UdellCLU, ChFC, MCEP, RFC Chief Executive Ocer Jeremy UdellCFP, President


37 Speakers/Lectures/Classes PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS! THEY HELP MAKE CONNECTIONS & THE JEWISH NEWS POSSIBLE. survivor and Jew rescuer and liberator e connection between that his toric event to Israels present-day reality Lectures take place on ursday, February 1 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Inside Israels Iron Dome Ari Sacher is an Israeli rocket scientist with Rafael Advanced Defense Sys tems and one of the primary engineers responsible for the development of Iron Dome. Iron Dome is the rst operational missile defense system with demon strated success in intercepting and de stroying the short-range missiles that Hamas and Hezbollah use. During the summer of 2014, Hamas red more than 4,500 rockets at the Jewish state with the purpose of killing, maiming and terrorizing Israelis. Iron Dome successfully intercepted 90 percent of its targets, saving countless Israeli lives. Join us for a stimulating conver sation with Ari Sacher and hear the story behind the Iron Dome. Sachers groundbreaking work in missile de fense technology is the embodiment of the special relationship shared by Israel and the United States. He has briefed hundreds of U.S. Congress men on Israeli missile defense, in cluding several briengs on Capitol Hill. An international speaker, Sacher aims to educate laymen worldwide re garding the fascinating dynamics be hind missile defense and aerospace engineering. For more information and the date and time of this lecture (not de termined at press time), please visit Best Home Health Agency Since 2001 (941) Lic. # HHA 21657096 | 299991405 S S. W, RN, MBA, CEO & Owner C W S, MSG, CMC, President E W B, MA, Dir. of Business DevelopmentEveryone deserves the best in careOur mission is to provide unwavering commitment and excellence in private duty home health care and RN geriatric care management that clients recommend to family and iends, physicians prefer, and where employees are proud to work.Locally nurse owned & family operated since 1995 e best in care. When in the position to choose private care for a loved one, put your trust in a licensed agency.


38 Speakers/Lectures/Classes Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva T he Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is an independent, non-denomi national, adult Jewish education institute established in 2010. Its out reach brings together aliated and un aliated Jews with non-Jews for what our sages refer to as studying Torah lishma (learning for the sake of learn ing.) Over 325 students have taken courses, many of which are text-based and/or biblical in nature. SPONSORED BY New eight-week courses for the coming year include: Israel at 70; Yid dish Language and Culture; Joshua; Isaiah; and World Jewish History. Partially funded by a grant from e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee the enrollment and materials fee for each course is $60. Scholarships are also available. Classes currently meet on Monday aernoons from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., and Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on e Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For enrollment and further infor mation, contact Marden Paru, Dean and Rosh Yeshiva, at 941.379.5655 or e Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is 501(c)(3) not-forprot organization. Temple Beth Israel and JNF present Positively Israel T emple Beth Israel and the Jew ish National Fund will present a live performance of music and singing accompanied by slides and video presentations celebrating Israel. e emphasis is on the positive aspect of the Jewish state and its contribution to the world. is free event is open to the com munity and takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4 at Temple Beth Is rael, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling the temple oce at 941.383.3428. Sign up for the Federations weekly enewsletter at Engaging Participatory Spiritual A relaxed knowledgeable contemporary 941-244-2042 Uplifting Friday evening services song Its our 10th Anniversary Year! Film Club Meditation Social Action Books & Bagels Hesed Celebrate with us! Uplifting Celebrate with us! Celebrate with us! Holidays Prayer Learning A relaxed knowledgeable contemporary Books & Bagels Hesed :H\003R\003HU\003D\003ZHOFRPLQ\J Holidays Prayer Learning \003\003KRXJKWIXO\003 Saturday Services pot-luck Congregation Kol HaNeshamaA Synagogue for everyone


39 Speakers/Lectures/Classes Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Classes A tah medaber ivrit? (Do you speak Hebrew?) At rotsa ldaber ivrit? (Do you want to speak Hebrew?) If learning and enjoying our sacred language is on your list of reso lutions this year, Temple Emanu-El is the place to be! Under the leadership of Temple Emanu-Els dedicated Adult Education Committee, many Hebrew classes are oered throughout the year. Among the options are two levels of Hebrew Conversation classes one welcoming newcomers to the language, one de signed for those with some background speaking Hebrew and Hebrew Lan guage classes, focusing on the alephbet, reading and writing Hebrew, and building Hebrew vocabulary. Temple Emanu-Els instructors are experienced, warm and dedicated pro fessionals with combined teaching experience of over 60 years. Susie Ko nicov teaches Hebrew without stress or homework; Dr. Bruce Kleinberg is a longtime Hebrew teacher and former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper; and Evie Shen-Tal perfected her Hebrew during years of kibbutz living in Israel. For more information or to regis ter, please call 941.371.2788. History of Israel I n this day of incessant misinforma tion about the Jewish homeland, it is incumbent upon everyone to ll in the gaps in the factual reservoir of the land of Israels history in order to com bat growing myths, misconceptions, distortions and outright falsehoods. is ve-part course will focus on Israels history during the time periods of: Biblical, First and Second Temples, Diaspora, Growth of Zionism, and the State of Israel. Biblical Israel saw the founding of the homeland as promised to the Jews by G-d; the Temple period began with the largest expansion of the Jewish state concluded by the total loss of indepen dence; the Diaspora saw the struggles of the remnants of Jews living in the Holy Land; Zionism drove the rebirth of the Jewish state aer 2,000 years of exile; and the past 70 years have shown the emergence of Israel as a leader of worldwide technological and medical advances. Classes take place on Fridays, De cember 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult per class; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. For more information or to RSVP, call 941.313.9239. OFFICE WAREHOUSE RETAIL IANBLACK REAL ESTATE THE PLACE FOR SPACEConsistently recognized as a trusted resource in commercial real estate Offering our clients: A unique hands-on approach A dedicated & experienced team Thorough market knowledge Excellent reputation of success 941.906.8688www.ian-black.comProudly serving Sarasota and the Gulf Coast!


40 Speakers/Lectures/Classes Scholars-inResidence T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee will welcome two Scholars-in-Residence in 2018. On January 30 and 31, Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, a Middle East historian and fellow at the Middle East Forum, will headline a two-part series focusing on the beginning of modern-day Pal estine and the transformation of Israel. He is aliated with Gratz College as adjunct faculty, a continuing education instructor and a frequent lecturer. On March 20, Rabbi Yonah Schiller, execu tive director at Tulane Hillel, will dis cuss Mysticism and Kabbalah. Costs are as follows: Dr. Romirowskys series is $18 for each lecture or $30 for both; Rabbi Schillers lecture is $18. For more information, please con tact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or Register at www. /events or call 866.465.3995. Jewish Identity and the Land of Israel I n honor of Israels 70 th birthday, Temple Emanu-Els Adult Educa tion Committee is delighted to welcome highly-acclaimed Professor Rachel Zohar Dulin for a three-part Lunch and Learn series. Intriguingly titled Jewish Identity and the Land of Israel: What the Bible Tells Us, this exciting learning oppor tunity will be held ursdays, January 11, 18 and 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Temple Emanu-Els Benderson Family Hall. Too many voices are heard today questioning the right of the State of Is rael to exist, Dr. Dulin stated. How ever, from time immemorial the Land of Israel has been an integral part of Jewish existence. In this mini-course, we will investigate the centrality of the land in Israels faith past, present and future. In particular, we will focus on the biblical perspective, where the land is one of the central pillars upon which the covenant between God and Israel rests. Jewish Identity and the Land of Is rael is free to Temple Emanu-El mem bers, with a donation of $10 per class (or $25 for all three classes) requested for guests. For more information or to register, email Maps of Israel Across Time T he borders of the Promised Land were ordained by G-d in the Bible: I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Medi terranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. Take a fascinat ing look at the changing borders of Is rael over the past 3,000 years. Israels greatest expansion was accomplished by King David, but within two genera tions, Israel was split into a Northern Kingdom (Israel) and Southern King dom (Judah). Rome tried to wipe Israel o the map, renaming it Palestine aer Israels intractable foe, the Philistines. Israel was reborn in 1948, and the familiar Green Line borders represent only the armistice lines between Israeli and Arab forces when the War for In dependence ended in 1949. Israels bor ders were again changed when Israel regained all of Jerusalem in June 1967. e event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 7 at the Al Katz Cen ter, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. At 4:00 p.m., internationally-acclaimed Israeli pianist Eleonora Lvov will per form a Timeless Piano Concert. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials in cluded. For more information or to RSVP, call 941.313.9239. THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE AND MOTE MARINE LABORATORY INVITE YOU TOrff TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 AT 11:30AMPLEASE RSVP TO AMANDA CHANDLER, ACHANDLER@MOTE.ORG BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17


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42 C habad of Bradenton & Lake wood Ranch will host Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces. Dur ing the terror-lled years of 1973-1976, Sassy served in the IDFs elite Red Beret paratrooper unit. He partici pated in several covert operations in Israels mighty struggle against Arab terrorism. Sassy will share his personal expe rience, step-by-step from the moment he was called to duty, including the preparation for the mission, landing in Behind Enemy Lines Raid on Entebbe e Miracle of Operation underbolt Uganda, and completing the mission behind enemy lines. His story is Israels story: of cour age, endurance, deance, and a willing ness to sacrice it all for the right to live in your homeland in freedom. e event will be on Friday, Feb ruary 2 at 7:00 p.m. at e Chabad House (5712 Lorraine Road, Braden ton) and will include a fruit-infused, Tu BShevat-themed Shabbat dinner. Cost: $25; $18 Early Bird Discount by January 25. is event is partially sponsored by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee For more information and to RSVP, call 941.752.3030, email info@chabad or visit www.chabad Prime Ministers of Israel U nlike the leaders of most coun tries, many of Israels Prime Ministers, whose service be gan in only 1948, are known through out the world. David Ben-Gurion, a pioneer in Palestine, announced in May 1948 an independent State of Israel for the rst time in 2,000 years and became the rst Prime Minister of the re-established state. Golda Meier began as a Milwau kee schoolteacher before making aliyah and leading Israel to its miraculous vic tory in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when soldiers from eight Arab countries plus Cuba attacked Israel. Menachem Begin transformed from Soviet fugitive to underground ghter in Palestine to signing Israels peace treaty with Egypt as Prime Min ister in 1977. Benjamin Netanyahu leads mod ern-day Israel known for its amazing technological advances while it con tinues to search for security in an everdangerous world. Watch original footage of Israels leaders taking life-and-death actions to protect Israeli lives and those of the en tire Jewish people. Classes take place on Fridays, Feb ruary 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult per class; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. For more information or to RSVP, call 941.313.9239. Speakers/Lectures/Classes Smokey Joes Cafe | The Capitol Steps | Dreamgirls A Midsummer Nights Dream | The Kingston Trio Hermans Hermits starring Peter Noone The Grapes of Wrath | Stuart Little 140 kosher characters


43 Lets Visit: Masada, Ein Gedi, the Western Wall, Eilat and the Dead Sea I n this ve-part course, ve of Israels most historic and/ or beautiful sites will be explored in detail, through lectures, photos and lms. e fortress of Masada is the site of ancient Israels last stand against the hated Roman conquerors, where the Jew ish defenders all died by their own hands rather than sub mit. Ein Gedi is one of Israels most beautiful landscapes, which features a cornucopia of wildlife and breathtaking scenery. e beloved Western Wall is the only remaining remnant of Israels Second Temple and has been a magnet of Jews for centuries, many of whom leave notes or prayers in openings between the gigantic stones. Beautiful Eilat, Is raels southern port in the Negev, was rst mentioned in the Book of Exodus. e astounding Dead Sea is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean and was one of the worlds rst health re sorts, used by King Herod. Classes take place on Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult per class; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. For more information or to RSVP, call 941.313.9239. D r. Judy Feld Carr will share her amazing story of how she secretly brought 3,228 Jews to Israel de spite the Syrian governments prohibition on emi gration. Working with smugglers and bribing government ocials, she arranged for most of the Jewish community to go on a veritable exodus from bondage. e rescue was the best-kept secret in the Jewish world. is event is sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Mens Club along with e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and Rudd International. It takes place at Temple Beth Sholom on Sunday, February 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Valet parking will be provided. Tickets are $10. For more information, please call the temple oce at 941.955.8121. Rescuing the Syrian Jewish Community and Bringing Them to Israel Speakers/Lectures/Classes rfntbtrntf nnttfntt ftnbftnnnnn rntb r fntbnnnnrt rf rfnt b nt nt bb r br fn The Jewish Community Center & Reform Congregation of Bradenton & Lakewood RanchRabbi Michael Sternfield Temple Beth El ADULT EDUCATION MENS CLUB SISTERHOOD RELIGIOUS SCHOOL [scholarships available] Erev Shabbat, Shabbat & Holiday Services 5150 Peridia Blvd East Bradenton, FL 941.755.4900


44 0-Year Israeli Timeline I n the short period of 70 years, the State of Israel has transformed itself from rebuilding a wasteland into an economic and technological pow erhouse. Along the way, signicant po litical and military events have shaped Israels course. is class will examine Temple Beth Israel presents 92Y program T he 92Y@TBI series from New York City, is in its 15 th year at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. In celebration of Israel @ 70, this year the series brings interviews, lec tures and commentary from speakers on topics about Israel. e presentations are shown on Temple Beth Israels 8x10 screen, creating an engaging and stimulating experience. Featured speakers will in clude Dennis Ross, Itamar Rabinowich, Dalia Rabin, Yuval Harari and Dan Ar iely. e temple is located at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. e program is made possible through a generous support of the Rabbi Sanford E. Saperstein Memorial Speakers/Lectures/Classes Fund of Temple Beth Israel, and the Charlotte P. Graver Fund of the Com munity Foundation of Sarasota County. e cost for nonmembers is $10 for advance reservations and $15 at the door. Reservations may be made by call ing the temple oce at 941.383.3428. ere is no charge for Temple Beth Is rael members. Visit for informa tion regarding the schedule of dates and presenters. the highlights of Israels journey from a newly-independent state subjected to invasion by ve neighboring Arab coun tries bent on its immediate destruction to the world leadership role it now plays in many elds of achievement. Each decade of Israels miracu lous existence as a nation and a world leader is marked by extraordinary ac complishments and marred by the loss of Jewish lives in relentless attacks and wars. e indomitable character of the Israeli people reects the timeline of their nation with tireless determination to survive above the odds and to revive the biblical promise to all Jews. e class takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26 at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bra denton. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student. Healthy foods and discussion materials included. For more informa tion or to RSVP, call 941.313.9239. PRESENTED BYAll attendees receive a CHANCE TO WIN a piece of Megemeria jewelry and a piece of jewelry from McCarver & Moser! RSVP online at For more information, contact: Gisele Pintchuck at 941.706.0029 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.orgWIN! Please join us for an Open House Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11am 4pm to meet Daniel Sahaloat McCarver & Moser, 1301 Main St., SarasotaDaniel will share his story about immigrating to Israel from Ethiopia, and present Megemeria, an original and modern jewelry collection that is part of Yvel. This collec tion is designed by Jewish Ethiopian immigrants trained at The Megemeria School. You will also be able to experience the luxurious Yvel trunk show, world-renowned for its distinctive creations hand-crafted in Motza, Israel.


Contact Jessi Sheslow for more information 941.343.2109 or 0 7 CAF SHAHOR HAZAK February 18 Temple Sinai February 17 Sahib Shriners Convention Hall Family-friendly celebration of Ethiopian-Israeli culture. Food, children activities and more! Join us for a hip-hop concert with Caf Shahor Hazak (Strong Black Coee). Doors open at 6:30 pm. Concert starts at 7pm. $10 $15 Visit CELEBRATE ETHIOPIAN-ISRAELI CULTURE Free Event RSVP REQUIRED 0 ISRAEL7 0 ISRAEL7 0 ISRAEL 7 0 ISRAEL7Appr o x 1.5 Appr o x 1.2 Appr o x 1 P R ESENT S


46 Synagogues Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 941.752.3030 Rabbi Mendy Bukiet Adult Education, Hebrew School, Jewish Womens Circle, Teen & Youth Programming, Holiday & Cultural Events, Synagogue, Mikvah Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee 7700 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 941.925.0770 Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz Daily and Shabbat Services, Torah Study Classes, Womens Mikvah, Nshei Chabad Womens Group, Club 770 Mens Club, Kaplan Preschool, Jewish Holiday Celebrations Chabadof Venice & North Port 21560 Angela Lane Venice, FL 34293 941.493.2770 Rabbi Sholom Schmerling Jewish Learning Institute, Holocaust Education, Hebrew School of the Arts, Camp Gan Israel, Jewish Womens Circle, Jewish Outreach, Social Services Chabad of West Bradenton 3611 Southern Pkwy. W. Bradenton, FL 34205 941.735.9049 Rabbi Zev Steinmetz Friday Night Services, Holiday Programs, Adult Education, Youth Programs Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Meets at Unity 3023 Proctor Road Sarasota, FL 34231 941.929.7771 Jewish History Seminar, Adult Ed, Sunsetters, Digital Imaging, Mens Group, Wine Tasting and Film Groups For more information or to request a brochure, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or or Rich Bergman at 941.552.6306 or Womens Day | Jewish Film Festival | Israel@70 | Major GiftsENRICH JEWISH LIVES VIA EVENT SPONSORSHIPS The Federation oers Event Sponsorships to individuals and businesses in the community which allow us the opportunity to allocate a higher percentage of dollars toward improving the lives of those in need.View our entire list of Giving Opportunities today at


47 Synagogues Congregation Kol HaNeshama Services at Southgate Community Center 3145 Southgate Circle Sarasota, FL 34239 941.244.2042 www. Rabbi Jennifer Singer Post-Denominational Books & Bagels Group, Scholar-inResidence, Social Action Committee, At-Home Shabbat Dinners, Meditation Group, Jewish Film Club, Adult Education Congregation Ner Tamid P. O. Box 10261 Bradenton, FL 34282 941.755.1231 Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Rabbinic Advisor Pluralistic Adult Education, Jewish Life Cycle Events, Dinner & Movie Nights, Holiday Events Jewish Congregation of Venice 600 N. Auburn Rd. Venice, FL 34292 941.484.2022 Rabbi Harold Caminker Independent, Inclusive Library, Art & Artifacts Collection, Holocaust Torah, Memorial Park, Education Enrichment, Film Series, Jewish Food Festival Asaf Romirowsky, PhD is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor [Aliate] at the University of Haifa. He is aliated with Gratz College as adjunct faculty, a continuing education instructor and a frequent lecturer.SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCELECTURE SERIESTUESDAY, JANUARY 30 The Road to Independence from the Pre-State to StatehoodWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31The Creation of the Modern Day Middle East from 1967 to Today 10:00AM 11:30AM Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Jewish Federation Campus 582 McIntosh Road, SarasotaTUESDAY, MARCH 20Mysticism and KabbalahQuestions? Contact Debbie Sanford 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq.orgTo purchase tickets please call 866.465.3995 or visit Asaf Romirowsky Rabbi Yonah Schiller THE BEGINNING OF MODERN DAY PALESTINE AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISRAEL Rabbi Yonah Schillers work as Executive Director at Tulane Hillel has been focused on investigating new and high impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building. He is the founder of the Jewish Design Initiative (JDI), a national design incubator geared towards building scalable systems, models, and projects for creating inclusive and high impact Jewish community. 10:00AM 11:30AM Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Jewish Federation Campus 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota LIMITED $18 ONE LECTURE $30 BOTH LECTURESAVAILABILITY $18 PER PERSON


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52 The Balfour Declaration N ovember 2, 2017, marked 100 years since the Balfour Decla ration, a historic statement of sympathy issued by the British govern ment for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. Lord Arthur James Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, penned the historic letter on behalf of the British Government, to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, a prominent leader 100 years of international recognition of the Jewish peoples right to self-determination in their historic homeland, the Land of Israel. Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Aairs rfntbr shing you and yours a f n fb rn b of Britains Jewish community. e Declaration expressed the British governments recognition of and support for the inalienable right of the Jewish people for self-determination in their historical homeland, the Land of Israel. (e Declaration refers to the Land of Israel as Palestine, since this was the common geographical denomina tion of the area at the time, without any political or ethnic connotation. Every one living there was called Palestin ian, Jew and Arab alike.) British Prime Minister eresa May has described the Balfour Declara tion as one of the most important let ters in history. Meanwhile, the British government recently stated that, estab lishing a homeland for the Jewish peo ple in the land to which they had such strong historical and religious ties was the right and moral thing to do, partic ularly against the background of centu ries of persecution. Balfour Reects International Support for Jewish Sovereignty Moreover, far from acting alone, Great Britain was actually part of a major in ternational consensus supporting Zion ism, the aspiration of the Jewish people to restore their independence and sov ereignty in the Land of Israel. Prior to issuing the declaration, Great Britain coordinated with its allies. On June 4, 1917, several months before the Balfour Declaration, the French government issued a letter by its Foreign Minister, Jules Cambon, which endorsed the Zionist cause: would be a deed of justice and of reparation to assist, by the protection of the Allied Powers, in the renaissance of the Jew ish nationality in that land from which the people of Israel were exiled so many centuries ago... In October 1917, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson told the British


53 SHAL OM SHUKA M a rk et Pla c e o f I s ra eli I tems a n d Jew is h Deli D elig h t sS po n s o re d b y T h e J e wi s h F e de r a t i o n o f S a r a s o t a -M a n a t e e a t t h e 24t hA n n u a l J C V J e wi s h F o o d F e s t i v a l J E W I SH C O NG R E G A T I O N O F V E NI C E600 N. Aub urn Rd V en i c e, F L 342 92 94 1-48 4-2 02 2 SU N D A Y FEB R U A R Y 18, 10 am t o 4 pm FREE A d m i s s i on FREE P a rki n g FREE S h u t t l e that he approved their plan for a declaration in favor of the Jewish peoples national movement, and in August 1918, he said so publicly. He based his policy on the new principle he introduced to interna tional relations: a peoples right to self-determination. In May 1918, the Italian govern ment pledged to help facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national center (centro nazionale ebraico). In January 1919, Japan stated that it would gladly take note of the Zi onist aspirations. Similar endorsements then came from Chinese leaders and Siam (ailand). While Great Britain acted in con junction with other nations, the Balfour Declaration stands apart from these other endorsements in that it became part of the 1922 mandate issued by the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations. e League of Na tions decision was a major milestone: it granted ocial recognition from the international community to the Jewish national movement, which led to Is raels independence on May 14, 1948, and to Israels admission to the UN on May 11, 1949, as its 59 th member. Af ter almost 2,000 years of yearning, the Jewish people restored their home and sovereignty in the Land of Israel. 100 Years of Arab Rejection e Balfour Declaration recognized not only the inalienable rights of the Jewish people, but it also stipulated that noth ing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine. e Balfour Declaration made clear that supporting Jewish rights did not preclude the rights and liberties of the Arab side. In a similar vein, throughout the decades, the Zionist dream encom passed respect for and coexistence with all people in the region, including the Palestinian Arabs. is vision was most clearly outlined in Israels Declaration of Independence, which states that all citizens, irrespective of race, religion or gender, have equal rights. Today, some 20% of Israels population is comprised of Arab citizens, who enjoy full rights and liberties and serve in prominent positions in law, politics, medicine and other elds. e Jewish leadership at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as today, sought to cooperate with their Arab neighbors. Chaim Weizmann, who represented the World Zionist Orga nization, and Emir Feisal (one of the most prominent Arab leaders) signed an agreement in 1919 to work together to bring about the aspirations of both


54 the Jews and the Arabs of the region. Unfortunately, this precedent did not last long. roughout the 20 th century, extremist Arab leaders rejected Jewish rights, promoted an exclusivist world view that the land only belonged to them, and encouraged violent attacks on the Jewish population. is rejection of the legitimate and internationally-mandated and recog nized claim of the Jewish people to a national homeland in the Holy Land is the bedrock the ground zero of the Arab-Israeli conict. It is the thread which connects every war, every atrocity, every diplo matic maneuver and every terrorist act initiated by the Arab side, from 1917 to today. Even now, the Palestinian side, in stead of looking forward and educating and building toward a future of peace, is still looking backwards, trying to turn back the hands of time, re-litigate and deny, and reject the worlds accep tance of the justice of the Jewish peo ples claims. us, at the July 2016 Arab League Summit, Palestinian President Mah moud Abbas announced his intention to sue Britain for issuing the Balfour Declaration. His and other Palestinian leaders rejection of the Balfour Decla ration reects their consistent denial of any rights of the Jewish people in their homeland, and thus, drives peace fur ther away. e vehement opposition to the Balfour Declaration was and has remained rooted in the anti-historical view that Jews are aliens, and in the false assumption that they have no con nection to the land and no right of any kind to live there as a people. is at titude of Arab exclusivism continues to drive the Arab-Israeli conict to this day. In a recent example of how this re jectionism manifests itself, on October 19, 2017, the Palestinian diplomatic del egation to Colombia tweeted, quoting Yasser Arafat, that the end of Israel is our objective We do not want peace, we want war, victory. Looking Forward In 1917 the British government ac knowledged an historic truth and the Arab world launched a 100 year-long campaign to deny and erase that truth. As Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people marks with gratitude the endorsement of its national story embodied in the Balfour Declaration, it looks to its Palestinian and Arab neighbors with its hand outstretched in peace and cooperation, urging them to accept, once and for all, the legitimacy of Israels membership of the family of nations. Only thus will the peace we all yearn for be able to come into being. Text of the Balfour Declaration: Foreign Oce November 2nd, 1917 Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majestys Gov ernment, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspira tions which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet. His Majestys Government view with favour the establish ment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly un derstood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of exist ing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and politi cal status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. Yours sincerely, Arthur James Balfour ank you Sarasota for voting Lakehouse West Reader's Choice Best Retirement Community & Best Assisted Living Lakehouse West RETIREMENT ESTATE Lakehouse West RETIREMENT ESTATE 2 0 1 7 (941) 923-75253435 Fox Run Road | Sarasota, FL 34231 www.lakehousewest.comLic.#AL5850


55 Z ion is an age-old name for Jeru salem and the land of Israel. Zi onism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people who sought to restore their freedom and in dependence in their ancestral homeland. eodore Herzl founded the mod ern Zionist movement in 1897, but the dream of restoration and return had al ways been at the core of Judaism and Jewish identity. Rome tried to obliter ate the millennia-old Jewish state in the rst century, but unlike other nations conquered in ancient times, the Jews survived and never lost their profound attachment to their land of origin. Jews lived in the land of Israel continuously for 3,000 years. ose forced into ex ile expressed their yearning to return in their daily liturgy and prayers. For 2,000 years many came back in peri odic waves of immigration. By the late 1860s Jews once again were the major ity in Jerusalem. Zionists adapted this historic dream to modern political ideals and circumstances. ey were inspired by national liberation movements and driven by ongoing anti-Jewish persecu tion and discrimination that occurred even in progressive Europe. e Zion ists believed that if the scattered Jews reunited in their historic homeland, joining the Jews who were already there, they could restore their freedom, be free from prejudice, and further de velop their unique culture. Disagreements arose among Zi onists as Jews from dierent countries and with dierent ideologies religious and secular, socialist and conservative joined together. But they united around fundamental principles that combined idealism and practicality. ey would seek ocial support from other na tional governments. ey would return legally, purchase the land, and restore it through their own labor. Zionists envi sioned living in friendship with nonJewish residents and believed the entire Zionism region would benet from their restora tion of the land. Within 50 years the Zionist dream became a reality. Britain recognized the thriving commu nities Jews had built, and in the 1917 Bal four Declaration, en dorsed the Zionist aspirations. In 1920, the League of Nations reinforced this commitment and carved out the Pales tine Mandate from the defeated Otto man Empire for the Jewish homeland. On May 14, 1948, Israel was reestablished as a modern state and rec ognized by the community of nations. It lived up to the Zionist dream. Israel began modern statehood with a Jew ish majority that had purchased and Judy Gold Marlee Matlin Aly Raisman Camryn Manheim Womens Campbell Brown Who will be next? Stay tuned...! 941.371.4546 jfedsrq.orgKlingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL Artwork by Janet Mishner Rabbi Sherre Hirsch Steve Guttenberg Paula Abdul Day through the years settled the land and accorded full civil, political and cultural rights to all its minorities, including Arabs, Muslims and Christians. Today, Jewish and non-Jewish Zi onists around the world support the state of Israel and hope to see the full Zionist vision realized a safe and thriving Israel living at peace with its neighbors.


56 Israel is a vibrant democracythe only one in the Middle East Israel is the opposite of an apartheid regime. It is a multicultural, liberal democracy whose independent judiciary upholds and en forces equal rights, liberties, and protections for all of its citizens. Israels 25% non-Jewish minority has always had equal voting (parliament) in 1949 and have won as many as 14 seats in a sin gle election. Some hold important positions in the government, court system, and military. Polls consistently show that if a Palestinian State were estab lished, more than 80% of Israels Arab citizens would choose to remain Israeli citizens. Palestinians suffer under real apartheid conditions in Arab coun tries, where Palestinians are oppressed and often discriminated against by law. Israel has made repeated offers of Statehood to the Palestinians, in which more than 96% of the West Bank would become Pales tine. Every single offer was rejected by the Palestinians. I am shocked by the claim that the free, diverse, democratic state of Israel practices apartheid. This ridiculous accusation trivializes the word apartheid, minimizing and belittling the racism and suffering endured by South Africans of color. ~Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, Member of South African ParliamentThe Security Barrier is designed to protect all of Israels citizens...Arabs and Jews alike Israel began building the security barrier in 2002, during a brutal Palestinian suicide bombing and terrorist campaign which claimed the lives of 1,000 Israelis, over 70% of them civilians. barrier prevented terrorists from simply walking into Israel and attacking innocent Israelis. Since Israel began building the barrier, casualties from terrorist attacks have dropped by over 90%. 97% of the barrier is chain link fence; 3% is a wall, mainly to prevent snipers from shooting Israeli drivers.The Boycott Divestment Sanction (BDS) movement is unfair and biased and hurts Palestinians in the West Bank BDS singles out Israel alone for boycotts while ignoring the worlds Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and many more. BDS condemns and silences groups that promote dialogue and coexistence between ordinary Israelis and Palestinians. An estimated 16,000 Palestinian businesspeople have founded companies and factories in Israel and in Israeli industrial zones in the West Bank, according to a 2012 study. There are 788 factories in 14 industrial parks in the West Bank. These factories employ over 11,000 Palestinians, and pay them two to three times what they could make elsewhere on average. The BDS campaign cynically seeks to end that opportunity for these Palestinian employees. Hamas controls what happens in Gaza and underneath it Israel left Gaza completely in 2005; since 2007, when Hamas overthrew the Palestinian Authority, it has exercised authoritarian control of Gaza, and makes virtually all spending decisions. Hamas is a radical Islamist group and is designated a Palestin Hamas stated mission is the obliteration of Israel. Hamas systematically commits double war crimes with impunity, targeting Israeli citizens and forcing its own citizens to be directly 7,649 rockets and missiles into civilian Israeli neighborhoods. Hamas steals 95% of the cement earmarked for humanitarian aid to construct terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel in order to attack civilians. Weapons, explosives, and commandos are routinely transferred through these tunnelsand through similar tunnels under Gazas border with Egypt.Despite Hamas terrorist activities, Israel provides supplies and humanitarian aid to Gaza Israel transfers about 15,000 tons of supplies and humanitarian aid every week to the people of Gaza. Since October (2015), Israel has let into Gaza 4,824,000 tons of building materials. Israel continues to pump 5 mcm of water into Gaza annually, as agreed on in the Oslo Accords. Despite Hamas diversion of resources to supply its war machine, Gazas and the West Banks standard of living ranked higher than all South Asian and Arab countries and even Development ProjectThe West Bank is controlled and administered by the Palestinian Authority and its President Mahmoud Abbas...not by Israel This government was elected by the Palestinians living in the West Bank ISRAEL: THE MORE YOU KNOW


57 When is anti-Israel sentiment or language also anti-Semitic? A ccording to e United States State Department, follow these three Ds: D emonize Israel Ex. Using the symbols and im ages associated with classic antiSemitism to characterize Israel or Israelis Blaming Israel for all inter-reli gious or political tensions D ouble Standards for Israel U.S. states that have adopted anti-BDS legislation 2015 Tennessee South Carolina Illinois California 2016 Alabama Colorado Indiana Florida Virginia Arizona SarasotaLoves WE STAND FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not ex pected or demanded of any other democratic nation Multilateral organizations focus ing only on Israel for peace or human rights investigations D elegitimize Israel Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist Georgia Iowa New York New Jersey Pennsylvania Ohio 2017 Michigan Texas Nevada Kansas North Carolina Demographic and factual information Establishment: May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv, Israel Size: Israel is slightly larger than the State of New Jersey Elevation: e highest point in Israel is Har Meron at 1,208 meters. e lowest point is also the lowest place on earth the Dead Sea at -431 meters. Population: (as of May 2017) Israels population is 8,680,000 74.7% are Jewish, 20.8% are Arabs, 4.5% are iden tied as others (non-Arab Christians, Bahai, etc.). Languages: Hebrew, Arabic and Eng lish are all ocial languages of Israel. Literacy: 97.8% of the population can read and write. Government: Israel is a parliamentary democracy. It has both a Prime Minis ter and President. Eighteen-year-olds can vote in elections. All Israeli citizens can vote and run for oce. Currently, Arab Muslims, Arab Christians, Or thodox Jews, Secular Jews, women and homosexuals are represented as elected ocials in the Knesset. Military: (IDF) Israel Defense Forces, (IN) Israeli Navy, (IAF) Israeli Air Force service is compulsory (Jews, Druze) at the age of 18 with some exemptions (Christians, Muslims, Circassians may volunteer). Men serve for three years, women for two. Compiled from several sources Read Connections and The Jewish News online at A CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTING THE BEAUTY AND WONDER OF ISRAEL! SAVE THE DATES! JFEDSRQ.ORG/ISRAEL70 JANUARY 14SUNDAYWe Love Israel Shukfeaturing vendors, food and entertainment MARCH 11SUNDAYHappy Birthday Israel!featuring Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and The Shuk Band FEBRUARY 26MONDAYCelebrity Israeli Cheffeaturing Chef Einat Admony at Louies Modern FEBRUARY 18SUNDAYEthiopian Israeli Cultural Dayfeaturing Cafe Shahar Hazak FEBRUARY 17SATURDAYEthiopian Israeli Celebrationfeaturing hip-hop duo Cafe Shahar HazakSPONSORED BY For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at or 941.343.2109 CHAIRS: Rosann Black and Melissa Howard


58 Advocating for Israel Y ou might think theres no need for Jews in the Diaspora to ad vocate for Israel, because its al ready established and thriving, right? Wrong. Advocates for Israel can do a lot to positively mold the way people view Israel, and thus shape the way they talk and support it. Proving that Israel is not simply a country involved with war and hardships, but rather a country with a ourishing economy, vibrant de mocracy, and brilliant innovations, can change peoples perception about Israel for the better. Israel advocacy is a three-pronged task: understanding, educating, and gaining support. We need to reach out and speak on behalf of Israel both to to days leaders and to the youth who will be the decision makers and constituents of tomorrow. is is the purpose of the Political Advocating E stablishing relationships with your elected ocials is the most eective way to communicate the depth of support for Israel. Lobby Members at Home: Regular visits when Members are home and on going contact make even a small con stituency more visible and signicant. Prior to each Congressional recess, contact the District Scheduler of your Senators and Representatives to sched ule meetings with the Members. On one side are Israels enemies like the Iranian regime which denies the Ho locaust and calls for Israel to be wiped o the map while actively developing the means to do so. On the other side is a response of international silence, coupled with a growing willingness by governments and media alike to discuss Israels existence as a mistake, an anach ronism, or a historical provocation. ~ Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director Get to Know Local Elected Of cials and Candidates: e best rela tionships with ocials are those which began in their early careers in state and local oces. Todays candidate for City Council may be tomorrows Senator. Although these candidates focus on lo cal issues, they can be important voices in support of Israel. Phone Calls: Calls convey a height ened sense of urgency and are only warranted when legislative action is imminent. Congressional oces keep a tally of calls to gauge public sentiment. Be prepared to supply your address to verify that you live in the district. Call the Capitol switchboard, 202.225.3121, to connect to your Members oce. Email: Congressional oces in creasingly process and respond to constituent e-mail, especially if it is per sonalized as opposed to a cookie cutter message. Be sure to include your home address and indicate that you live in the Members district and use the same guidelines as you would for craing a letter. Write Letters: Congressional sta monitor the number of letters received in support of or in opposition to an is sue. Letters on policy issues should be sent to the Members Washington of ce. Faxing or emailing a scanned copy of a letter is preferable since increased security procedures have caused delay in mail delivery to Capitol Hill. Ad dress only one issue per letter so the letter is directed to a specic staer. Be concise and to the point. Lifting Depression & Anxiety Trauma Impact Reduction Eating Disorders Teen/Parent Relationship Building Couples Connection & Reasonable Endings Returning Veteran TransitionsAdults Adolescents Individuals Couples Families QUALITY PSYCHOTHERAPY Andrea Verier M.A., M.S., LMHCNationally Board Certied, Licensed Mental Health Counselor #4082 1217 S. East Avenue, Suite 209 Sarasota, FL 34239 Heller Community Relations Com mittee, formerly the Robert and Es ther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative. Following are articles on advocat ing on Israels behalf to political and media outlets and get complete infor mation via:


59 Media Advocating T he news media play a pivotal role in shaping public percep tions of Israel. Become an active participant: Read your local newspaper every day. Know the facts and history. Pay attention to news coverage of the Middle East, and Israel in particular. Get involved: Respond to coverage that is unfairly critical of Israel. Assessing Media Coverage: News stories are dierent from columns, edi torials, and op-eds, which generally express an opinion or oer a certain viewpoint. Understanding this dier ence is essential. If you suspect a news story misrepresents facts or contains an error, it is important to review the item carefully and check your facts be fore draing a letter to the editor in response. Letters to the Editor: Letters must be timely. Write in response to a particu lar news item, editorial or op-ed. Newspapers and magazines are not interested in letters that do not ad dress a story or issue discussed in their pages. Be brief and address a specic issue. Be civil. Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number. When using email, direct the letter to the appropriate address for let ters. Do not use multiple addresses, or copy others. Blogs: It is generally counterpro ductive to respond directly to anti-Is rael bloggers or websites. If the blogger is someone who is well-known or re spected, such as a political gure, pun dit, celebrity or journalist, you should consider posting your own response on the blog itself. Social-Networking: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube oer an unprecedented opportunity for di rect engagement with others on the is sues of the day. You should by all means share articles with your friends, fam ily and acquaintances that reect posi tively on Israel. ere are also an array of pro-Israel groups who are an active presence on social-networking sites. Keep in mind that social-networking sites also oer fertile ground for abuses and spreading of misinformation. ALWAYS CHECK THE ACCURACY of any Internet message before sending it to others.


60 Israel and the United Nations On November 29, 1947, the United Nations adopted a resolution for the implementation of the parti tion plan of the British Mandate of Palestine. is plan was rejected by the Arab nations. Fromits creationin 2006 to 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted135 resolutions criticizing countries; 68 out of those 135 have been against Israel (more than 50%). e United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refu gees (UNRWA), the permanent UN mission ONLY for the Pales tinian refugees, employs Peace keepers who incite hate on social media by calling for the Stabbing Intifada and to stab Zionist dogs. Relationships matter! e UN Se curity Council attempted to in tervene in Syria but permeant members Russia and China wouldnt let the UN prevent genocide. Modern Terrorism began in 1968 with the hijacking of El Al ight 426. e UN condemned the hi jacking but did noth ing else. is set a precedent for ALL the terrorist acts since then. e UN only recognizes Al Qaeda and the Taliban as terror ist groups, so it looks like Hamas and Hezbollah are o the hook for their terrorism as far as the UN is concerned. General Assembly: From 2012 through 2015, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted 97 resolutions criticizing countries;83 of them (86%) have been against Israel. World Health Organization: For one week every year, the United Nations World Health Assem bly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), meets to formulate global health policy. Resolutions are ad opted toaddress global health is sues. ere is one exception: the annual resolutionentitled Health conditions in the occupied Pales tinian territory, including east Jeru salem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which singles out Israel for condemnation. No other coun try in the world is condemned by WHO. International Labour Organiza tion: e ILO, a UN Agency, was established to improve conditions of labor, regulate work hours, ght unemployment, assure adequate living wages, and protect workers worldwide. At its annual confer ence, however, the ILO producesa single country-specic reportcas tigating Israel. Danny Danon, Israel Ambassador to UN


61 Travel to Israel with The Jewish Federation! T raveling to Israel creates a last ing and important bond be tween you and the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people. Walk on the cobblestones that have been there for thousands of years, taste the falafel made in Israel by Israelis, and oat in the lowest and saltiest place on earth the Dead Sea. ese experiences, along with so many more, make your connection to Israel even stronger. Whether you travel with your family or on a Federa tion mission, it will change your life. Jewish Federation Missions: Young Ambassadors (for teens) March of the Living (for teens) Womens Missions Jewish Womens Renaissance Project Womens Giving Circle Heart to Heart Interfaith Clergy and Community Missions Campaign Chairs and Directors (CCD) Young Adult Missions Boutique Missions On almost every mission that e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Mana tee sends, you will visit Sarasotas sis ter city of Tel Mond; biblical sites that are important and relevant to Judaism, Christianity and Islam; stimulate the economy by shopping in shuks and stores; and eat delicious food from street food to modern and trendy restaurants. For more information about Jewish Federation Missions, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or LDor VDor FROM OUR MISHPUCHA TO YOURS Selling Real Estate to Every GenerationSERVING THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SINCE 1980 Make Your Next Smart Move contact The Collier Group today Selling Waterfront Golf Course & Other Residential Communities 1605 Main Street | Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941.951.6660 Janis Collier, REALTOR 941.313.1212 Mary Collier, REALTOR 941.400.7015 Ron Collier, REALTOR,JD 941.321.9045 RonCollier@michaelsaunders.comollier GroupTHE We Salute, Support & Celebrate the State of Israel & Her 70th Birthday! March of the Living Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors with Jewish Womens Renaissance Project participants PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS THEY HELP MAKE CONNECTIONS & THE JEWISH NEWS POSSIBLE.


62 Ethiopian Jewry F or Israel @ 70 we have chosen to focus two of our main events on the Ethiopian Israeli community. Simone Knego, a member of e Fed eration Board of Directors and a mem ber of e Jewish Federations of North Americas Young Leadership Cabinet, will chair the events. She is Vice Chair of the Ethiopian National Project. is is not only a passion of Simones but also of your local Federation. is is why we would like to give you some history and facts about the incredible Ethiopian Israeli community. When many people think of Ethiopian Jews, they think of air planes in the s-s bringing them to Israel. e reality is that the rst Ethiopian Jews settled in Israel in 1934. Prime Minister Menachem Begin made it clear that Ethiopian Jews were descendants of one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. In 1984 the IDF and the CIA worked cooperatively to transport 8,000 Ethiopian Jews out of Suda nese refugee camps in an operation known as Operation Moses. Many were le behind and Israel began working on the next trans port. Aer ve years, Israel had to work covertly to transport 14,325 Ethiopian Jews out of an unwel coming political environment which made emigration dicult. irty-ve El Al aircra were used in Operation Solomon. Many Ethiopian immigrants to Is rael brought only the clothes on their backs. ey were integrated into absorption centers to learn Hebrew and how to live in a con crete jungle that is Israel compared to their villages in Ethiopia. Programs were put in place to as sist the new olim (immigrants) in learning trades. e jewelry line, Yvel, along with nancial support of your local Jewish Federation cre ated a jewelry trade school called Megemeria. Upon completion of the program, graduates are placed in jobs in the jewelry industry. Today, there are generations of Israeli-born Ethiopian Jews who join the IDF, hold political oce and excel in cultural phenomena like the Miss Israel Pageant and professional athletics. Former Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid and former Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata HISTORY. CULTURE. AND SO MUCH MORE.Get to know Israel with videos, maps and info: Professional runner Zohar Zemir IDF Commander Mekonen Abebe (center)


63 Israel and Sarasota-Manatee By Kim Sheintal M any people from Sarasota love to visit Israel and many people from Israel love to visit Sarasota. My father-in-law lived in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for 20 years before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1946. When he was thinking about re tirement in 1969, he came to Sarasota for a vacation. Sarasota reminded him so much of Israel that he instantly de cided to move to Sarasota. e similarities are just the begin ning as to why the people of SarasotaManatee and Israel feel so connected to one another. e bonds to Israel are evident in Sarasota-Manatee. Here are a few examples. In 1999, the rst of 2,000 trees planted at Island Park for the Sara sota County 2000 Dreams Millen nium project was a tree planted by the executive director of the Tel Mond Community Center. is tree is marked with a plaque dedi cated to Tel Mond, one of Sarasotas sister cities. In 2008, Sarasota-Manatee cele brated Israels 60 th birthday that cul minated with an Israel Extravaganza at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall featuring Debbie Friedman. e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee hosted an 18-month cele bration of Israel in our community for Israels 65 th birthday in 2013. e mission was to create a multicultural, multi-generational tribute to Israels strength and contribution to our world. e highlight was the We Love Israel Shuk and Street Fair, held at Robarts Arena, which demonstrated our communitys love for Israel by showcasing her culture, technology, artistry, avors and sounds. is event attracted over 6,000 people to celebrate all that is Israel. More than 20 organi zations participated, including the Salvation Army, Mote Marine Lab oratory & Aquarium, and Suncoast Communities Blood Bank. Sarasota-Manatee has many sup port groups for Israel. A local Israel Advocacy Initiative was established by Robert and Es ther Heller which advocates for peace and security in Israel through community awareness and deals with anti-Israel activities in Sara sota-Manatee. (e name of the Heller IAI has since been changed to the Heller Community Relations Committee.) In recognition of Israels environ mental accomplishments, there is the Ein Gedi Pool at Selby Gar dens. is is a stream owing from a lushly-planted 12-foot-high wa terfall continuously refreshing the pool at the bottom. is was a gi by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. e bonds to Sarasota-Manatee in Israel are evident too. On March 19, 2015, there was an Embracing Our Dierences exhibit in Jaa, known in Israel as Shonim BYachad (Dierent Together). is exhibit was similar to the Embrac ing Our Dierences exhibits that have taken place in Sarasota each year since 2003. On April 9, 2015, I received an email from my niece in Israel that said, I saw a poster exhi bition in Jaa that was sponsored by e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. I was pleasantly surprised to see Sarasota-Manatee written on every poster. I learned that the par ticipating local partners of this ex hibit were Sarasotas Embracing Our Dierences and Sister Cities Asso ciation of Sarasota. e participat ing overseas partners are e Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism, Tel Mond Israel, and Israel Tennis Cen ters. e Federation entered into a partnership with the City of Kiryat Yam and Tel Avivs Daniel Center. In 2010, the Alex and Betty Schoen baum (from Sarasota) Science, Edu cation, Cultural and Sports Campus opened as a magnicent high-tech education and sports campus in the heart of Kiryat Yam. Beit Daniel, created by Ruth and Gerry Daniel (from Sarasota), situ ated in Tel Aviv since 1991, is the rst Reform synagogue built in Israel. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.941-342-1855 941-342-1855 Happy 70th Birthday Israel! SaBra Chapter of Hadassah is a vital part of the bigger picture that is Hadassah, The Womens Zionist Organization of America. n Become a part of Hadassahs service to Israel & to the world! n Join us & add your vitality & enthusiasm, your ideas & talents. n Help develop oshoots & activities to meet the needs of todays woman! Contact Marilyn Stark 941.925.1852 or Cheryl Eckert 847.736.4907


64 Education & Brain Power Israel has the worlds highest per capita rate of university degrees. Israel has the worlds highest ratio of scientists & technicians in the workforce. Israel has the worlds second-high est per capita output of new books annually. Israel invests more of its Gross Do mestic Product (GDP) in research and development than any other country in the world. Israel has the third-highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world, in cluding the highest rate among women and people over 55. High-tech Innovation Israel has the highest concentration of tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Microso and Intel built their only Israel Tech Innovation non-U.S. R&D facilities in Israel. Israeli researchers developed the cell phone (Motorola Israel) ; most of the Windows NT operating system (Microso Israel) ; the technology for AOL Instant Messenger; the rst PC anti-virus soware; voice mail technology; electro-optic chips and nanotechnology. Israel is developing the next genera tion of Mars rovers and the ying car. Israel is devising protection from disasters, like an alarm that senses a coming earthquake 30 seconds be fore it hits, and systems to help peo ple safely exit tall buildings, such as collapsible external elevators. e facial recognition soware for the Apple iPhone 8 was developed in Israel ReWalk bionic walking assistance for paraplegics Excellence in Comprehensive Eye Care Our board-certied ophthalmologists are fellowship trained to provide a lifetime of specialized care for your eyes. rfff Murray Friedberg, M.D. Robert Edelman, M.D. Scott Silverman, M.D. Robert Sambursky, M.D. Pooja Khator, M.D. Allison Menezes, M.D. Jerey Davis, M.D. Anita Shane, M.D. Jody Abrams, M.D. Paul Brannan, M.D. Garry Condon, M.D.Laser Cataract Surgery Micro Incision Cataract Surgery Advanced Lens Implants Macular Degeneration Glaucoma Care LASIK Surgery Neuro-Ophthalmology Eyelid Plastic Surgery Pediatric Eye Care1427 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 217 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton 6310 Health Park Way, Suite 340, Lakewood Ranch e laser keyboard that projects onto a wall or table top was invented by Israeli company Lumio Viber is an app that allows you to message other people with the app around the world at no cost Waze is a social media directions app that allows other users to alert other drivers of accidents on the road or congestion in certain areas Davids Sling is an air defense sys tem capable of intercepting enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic mis siles, mediumto long-range rockets and cruise missiles. Along with Ar row 3 and the Iron Dome, it makes up Israels defense umbrella. Water-Gen is an Israeli-developed device that oers a low-cost method of turning air into water Environmentally-friendly Innovation Israelis developed drip irriga tion systems that revolutionized agriculture. Israel is the only country that en tered the 21 st century with a net gain in the amount of trees. An Israeli scientist pioneered the use of bacteria to clean up oil pollution. Israelis developed a new technology that eliminates the need for chemi cals, pesticides, and fungicides in hydroponic agriculture. An Israeli developed the sun-heated water tank, which converts solar en ergy into thermal energy. Israeli, American, and Canadian re searchers formed the Nanotechnol ogy Clean Water Initiative to work on a solution to the water shortages in the Middle East and the rest of the world. See page 101 for candle lighting times and dates for the Jewish holidays for 2018


65 15 ways Israel amazed and inspired the world in 2016 By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c,, December 19, 2016 I srael ranks about 150 on the scale of countries for size, encompass ing only about 10,800 square miles (28,000 square kilometers) and a population under 8.6 million. But its achievements over 68 years of modern statehood have drastically dwarfed its actual size. Israel is a recognized world leader in many elds, including water and ag ricultural technology, high-tech, medi cal devices and humanitarian aid. ISRAEL21c brings you daily re ports of Israeli inventions, innovations, discoveries and altruistic initiatives. Here weve chosen 15 of many that made a remarkable impact in the year 2016. IDF eld hospital ranked worlds best e portable eld hospital own by the IDF Medical Corps to disaster ar eas around the world was the rst eld hospital ever to achieve a Type 3 rating, the highest rank on the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) scale. Run by Medical Corps doctors, sol diers and reservists, the eld hospital can accommodate more than 200 pa tients per day and has 12 emergency medicine stations, three operating rooms, a blood bank, advanced labora tories and imaging equipment. Nepal, Haiti, the Syrian border and the Philip pines are among the places it has been deployed. Aiding Syrian war victims Syria may ocially be an enemy coun try, but that hasnt stopped dozens of Israeli individuals, organizations and government bodies including the Is rael Defense Forces from doing all they can to alleviate human suering in the country, even though giving this aid is oen dangerous. Israeli aid to the country comes in many forms, much of it under the ra dar. Nonprot organization Il4Syrians, which was founded by a private Israeli citizen at the start of the civil war in 2011, sends food, medicine, coats and basic supplies to Syrians in a perilous cross-border mission. With the help of transports orga nized by the IDF, some 2,500 Syrian men, women and children have re ceived care in various Israeli hospitals at the expense of Israeli taxpayers and donors. In addition, Israeli-Ameri can serial entrepreneur Moti Kahana bought a bus to transport seriously ill or injured Syrian children to Israeli hospitals through his nonprot foun dation, Amaliah, and the Yitzhak Rabin Foundation. e Israel Trauma Coalition trained clinicians, caregivers and volunteers in Berlin to treat Syrian refugees in that German city. Natan-International Hu manitarian Aid, based in Tel Aviv, has provided trauma and post-trauma care to Syrian refugees in Jordan. e nonprot IsraAID has been rescuing and providing many forms of assistance to Syrian and other Middle East and African refugees pouring into European countries. Revolutionary standing wheelchair UPnRIDE Robotics of Yokneam Illit introduced UPnRIDE 1.0 at the end of September and expects the revolu tionary mobility device which brings unprecedented mobility to paraplegics and quadriplegics to be on the market in the second half of 2017. UPnRIDEs jointed braces and har nessing straps provide support when transitioning between sitting and standing positions. Cutting-edge mo tion technology and real-time comput ing automatically balance and stabilize UPnRIDE on sloped sidewalks, park ing lots, ramps and low stairs. UPnRide was invented by Amit Goer, a paraplegic who previously Millions of Jews connect with Jewish culture and history but not with traditional Judaism. You may be one of them. Check our website and visit us everyone is welcome. Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 941. 929 .7771 Do You Want a Jewish congregation thats very Unorthodox? Nepal following the earthquake in April 2015 (Photo by IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90) Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 www.TheJewishNews.orgUNLOCK YOUR SALES POTENTIAL. ADVERTISE IN


66 invented the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton. Smart, clean waste management It was a great year for Tel Aviv-based Paulee CleanTec. In March, it won $6,000 in the U.S. Environmental Pro tection Agencys Nutrient Recycling Challenge for its Manure Convertor, which uses chemical processes to turn livestock manure quickly into nontoxic, non-polluting, ash fertilizer. In October, Ohio-based OurPets entered a strategic partnership with Paulee (named aer its founders pet pug) to develop and commercialize the Israeli companys sustainable, ecofriendly portable system that turns dog droppings into pathogenand odorfree ash fertilizer in seconds. And most recently, Paulees tech nology is being integrated into a whole-building sustainable waste-man agement system under development by California-based Epic CleanTec. e rst installation, coming sometime next year in San Francisco, will serve as a pilot and model for further expansion in the United States, Brazil, India and China. Trailblazing in medical marijuana is was the year that Israels lead in the medical marijuana arena really came to worldwide consciousness. In No vember, Israeli multinational corpora tion Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Israeli startup Syqe Medical agreed to market medical cannabis for pain management in Israel with Syqes revo lutionary selective-dose pharmaceuti cal-grade medicinal plants inhaler. Israel has long been a world leader in both research and technologies re lating to medical cannabis. e coun try even hosts a startup accelerator, Cann10, where entrepreneurs receive a full range of services to establish busi nesses oering new technologies in this emerging eld. A groundbreaking study released in June by a Ben-Gurion University professor proved that medical mari juana users experience signicant pain relief and improved function. In March, investors, research ers and high-tech entrepreneurs from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv at CannaTech 2016 for the rst Inter national Summit for Accelerating Can nabis Innovation. Pain-free periods iPulse Medicals Livia wearable de vice for relieving the pain of menstrual cramps created a buzz worldwide and garnered $1,411,515 from supporters in a crowdfunding campaign launched with a $50,000 goal. Clearly, the drugfree solution will be in high demand when it debuts in 2017, rst in Europe and later in the United States, pending regulatory approvals. Womens cancer screenings in Kenya On World Cancer Day on February 4, approximately 700 women in Ke nya had their rst-ever cervical can cer screening thanks to Tel Aviv-based MobileODTs EVA system. Piloted successfully in the United States, Haiti, Guatemala, Botswana, Ke nya, Nepal and Mexico, EVAs advanced optical technology captures and se curely transmits biomedical images for diagnosis and analysis using only a mo bile phone and an Internet connection. is makes cervical cancer screenings possible in places lacking more sophis ticated medical infrastructure. A true Israeli wonder Israeli actress Gal Gadot may have starred in several Hollywood lms be fore 2016, but this was the year she re ally emerged as a fabulous role model for women. Her performance as Won der Woman was considered by many as the best part of this years Batman v Superman movie. In October, the United Nations chose Gadots Wonder Woman persona as an honorary ambassador for the em powerment of girls and women. e


67 assignment only lasted two months, but Gadot has taken time from the promo tion circuit for her new Wonder Woman lm, scheduled for release in June 2017, to propose a positive new role model for children to see females as superhe roes rather than helpless princesses. Gadot also lent her star power to a short video celebrating accomplished young Israeli women. 3D-printed dress wows at Paralympics Israeli designer Danit Pelegs 3Dprinted dress caught the worlds attention when U.S. Paralympic snow boarder Amy Purdy wore it to dance a samba with a robot at the Opening Cer emony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Peleg said her design was inspired by Botticellis famous painting e Birth of Venus, and celebrates the intersec tion of technology and fashion. 3D-printed human tissue Its the stu of science ction: technol ogy that can print a human organ. Isra els Nano Dimension, a manufacturer of 3D printers, is collaborating with Israeli biotechnology rm Accellta of Haifa to mix human stem cells into its 3D inkjet printer ink. When expelled through the more than 1,000 tiny nozzles of a Nano Dimension DragonFly 3D printer, the ink can form into human tissue. While the technology is still at the proof-of-concept stage and going from simple tissue to a full organ is a daunting and uncharted process the possibilities for saving lives by print ing a new liver or lung are staggering. Chicken meat made by machine Israeli startup SuperMeat made head lines for its announcement that it is creating the rst mass-market device to bring cultured chicken meat to res taurants and eventually to home kitchens. Cultured meat is grown from stem cells rather than taken from a slaugh tered animal. In the past, this was done in a test tube under highly controlled laboratory conditions. SuperMeat pro poses to develop and market a small high-tech oven that would make nonGMO meat from a serum, powder or capsule containing cell samples. Gauze stops bleeding in seconds Core Scientic Creations WoundClot gauze absorbs about 2,500 percent of its own weight in uids and forms a co agulating gel membrane that can stop a person hemorrhaging blood within minutes. e product, which naturally dis solves within 24 hours and is already used by European hospitals and Ameri can and Israeli rst-responders, lls a large need in situations when compres sion is not eective or even counterpro ductive as in the case of stab wounds and certain other kinds of trauma. Breast cancer spread halted in mice An Israeli and American research team published a high-prole study in Sep tember showing that combined genetic therapy and chemotherapy proved ex tremely eective in preventing breast cancer metastasis the deadly spread of cancerous cells to vital organs in lab mice with a primary breast tumor. Researcher Noam Shomron of Tel Aviv University says there is a strong correlation between the eect on genes in mouse cells and the eect on genes in human cells. e results point to a ma jor advance in the ght against breast cancer. A tire that cant go at SoWheel, the Israeli company that lit erally reinvented the wheel by replac ing the traditional spoke-and-rim hub with an innovative automatic suspen sion system, is entering the automotive sector with its Enduro wheel, aiming to bring the same radical improvements to automobiles that it has already brought to wheelchairs and bicycles. Because Enduros rigid tire is not lled with air, it can never go at. e best way to revolutionize the world is to revolutionize transporta tion, SoWheel CEO Daniel Barel said upon introducing the concept last March. No more at tires, 20% more energy eciency, better maneuver ability, higher safety, lighter better in every way. From taxi-hailing to taxi-owning Gett (formerly Get Taxi), the popular Israeli ride-hailing app used in some 50 cities across the globe, amazed the busi ness world with its March acquisition of British black cab company Radio Taxis. Gett now owns a eet of 11,500 licensed London taxicabs about half the cabs in the city in a bid to provide its technology to Radio Taxis corporate customers. In May, Volkswagen invested $300 million in Gett as part of its shiing focus to new technologies and on-de mand personal transport solutions. And in August, Gett began to in tegrate its ride-hailing app into Google Maps automatic navigation options. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a spe cialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has free lanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984. WoundClot gauze forms a gel membrane with the bloods own clotting factors Amy Purdy danced in Israeli designers 3D-printed dress at Rio Paralympics (photo by Danit Peleg)


68 Iran is not an Arab country, but it is a Muslim theocratic republic that sponsors terrorism. e area of the State of Israel ts 545 times into the Arab worlds area roughly 0.18% of the lands. Arab countries have roughly 46 times the population of Israel. Maps courtesy of StandWithUs


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70 The Four Cultures of Israel Ashkenazi: Ashkenazi Jews in Israel are typically descendants or direct immigrants from Eastern Europe. ere was a large wave of Ashkenazi immigration aer the Ho locaust and again in the 1990s as Soviet Jewry ed religious persecution. Gen erally speaking, the culture, religious practices and food are similar to that in the American Jewish community. A large wave of Jewish American immi gration from Eastern Europe occurred before the Holocaust. Stued Cabbage: Old-school sweet-and-sour stued cabbage rolls Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 large head of cabbage 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck 1/2 cup rice raw 1 small onion grated 2 eggs 2 teaspoons salt divided 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper divided 1 large onion sliced into thin half moons 15-16 ounces canned tomato sauce (two 8-ounce cans or one 15-ounce can) 2 28-ounce cans tomatoes with their juice 2 medium-large lemons juice 1/2 cup light brown sugar gently packed Instructions: Boil a huge pot of water. Cut the core out of the cabbage. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the cabbage and cook, covered for about 10 minutes. Occasionally roll the cabbage around so each side is under water as it cooks. Once it is done, gently li the cab bage into a colander or strainer set in a bowl. Pour cool water over the cabbage. When it is cool enough to handle, separate the leaves. If inner leaves are not pliable, put what is le of the cabbage back into boiling water for a few minutes. Shave o the thickest part of each leaf, near where the leaf had been attached to the core. Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Mix the rice, grated onion, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add the beef and combine all the ingredi ents with your hands. Make small


71 meatballs (between golf ball and baseball-sized). Set them aside on a plate. Loosely wrap each meatball in a cabbage leaf and place seam side down on a platter. Arrange the le over leaves on the bottom of 1 or 2 heavy oven-safe pots. (e total volume of the entire dish is about 6-6.5 quarts.) Move the cabbage rolls into the pot(s), making sure to put the seam side down. Layer with about half of the thin onion slices, which typically fall apart into cres cents as you pick them up. Once all the cabbage rolls are in the pot(s), add the tomatoes and their juice, the tomato sauce, the lemon juice, and the remaining teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. If the canned tomatoes are whole, open them with a spoon or knife so that their juices ow out. You can either mix the ingredients in the pot or stir them in a bowl rst. Top with the remaining onions. Bring the pot(s) of stued cabbage to a boil on the stovetop. Sprinkle on the brown sugar and gently mix it in. Transfer to the oven and bake covered for 1 hour, then 1.5 to 2 hours uncovered. Mizrahi: Israeli Mizrahim typically come from the Middle East, North Africa or are of Persian heritage. Aer Israel was declared a state in 1948, close to one million Jews living in Arab lands were kicked out creating a massive refugee population. Israel was the only place they could go and they joined the ex isting Jews living there who were either new immigrants themselves or had lived in the British Mandate of Pales tine for many years already. anks to the many countries that make up the Mizrahi Jewish heritage, it is has rich and vibrant traditions that are cher ished to this day. Lentil Stew Ingredients: 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (coriander) divided 3 carrots 3 celery stalks, including leaves 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, diced 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 cups dry red lentils 1/4 cup pearl barley (omit for gluten-free) 2 qts vegetable or chicken stock 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp hyssop or parsley 1/2 tsp sumac (optional) 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste


72 Instructions: Roughly chop the cilantro. Scrub the carrots, then cut them into chunks (do not peel). Cut cel ery into chunks, including leaves. Reserve. In a medium-sized soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and saut till translucent. Add garlic, carrot chunks and cel ery. Continue to saut till onion turns golden and ingredients be gin to caramelize. Add red lentils and barley to the pot, stir. Cover mixture with 2 quarts of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add 1/4 cup of the fresh cilantro to the pot along with the cumin, hyssop or parsley, sumac (optional) and bay leaf; stir. Cover the pot and let the stew sim mer slowly for 1.5 to 2 hours, stir ring every 30 minutes, until barley is tender and the stew is thickened. Ethiopian: Ethiopian Jews are widely considered to be the lost tribe of Dan. ey kept strict biblical Judaism and were not exposed to rabbinic interpretations throughout the years. Beginning in 1979, Israel be gan military operations to bring Ethi opian Jews home to Israel. Operations Moses and Solomon brought the most people combined they helped 56,000 Ethiopian Jews immigrate to Israel. Today we see generations of Israeliborn Ethiopians who serve in the IDF, study at universities and have careers in entertainment. Potato-Beet Salad with Lemon Ingredients: 1/2 onion, chopped 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 jalapeo chili, seeded, minced 1 lb red-skinned potatoes 1 lb beets Instructions: Combine onion, lemon juice, oil and jalapeo in large bowl. Set aside. Cook potatoes and beets in sep arate large saucepans of boil ing salted water until just tender, about 30minutes for potatoes and 45 minutes for beets. Drain. Cool slightly. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Add beets and potatoes to lemon mixture and toss to coat. Sea son generously with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature. Druze: e Druze are a small community in Israel of Muslim Arab Israeli citizens. Members of the Druze join the IDF, serve in the military, hold political po sitions and generally consider them selves to be Zionists. e Druze make up 1.6% of the Israeli population, and while they are Muslim, its considered to be a separate branch of Islam. Stued Zucchini Ingredients for the stung: 3 tbs olive oil 1 small onion, chopped ne (3/4 cup) 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 3 tbs Whole Spice Druze Nuts & Spice Mixture 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb 1/4 cup basmati rice 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 tbs parsley chopped ne Instructions: In a nonstick pan, heat up the oil. Add onion and saut for eight min utes, until slightly browned. Add minced garlic and saut for an additional two minutes. Add Druze Nuts & Spice Mixture and ground beef. Saut the meat for three minutes and add rice, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Gently mix all ingredients and lower the heat. FEATURING EINAT ADMONYThe Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host an Israeli Chef Dinner on February 26, 2018 at Louies Modern featuring Einat Admony, owner of Balaboosta in New York City, two-time Chopped winner and author of Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love. Admony will create a special menu featuring contemporary Israeli cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Tickets are $150 per person; there will be two seatings, one at 5:00pm and another at 8:00pm. Contact Jessi Sheslow for more information 941.343.2109 or Two-time Chopped winner and author of Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love FEBRUARY 26, 2018 rf Chairs: Meredith Ernst and Adrea Sukin ISRAELI CHEF NIGHT To purchase tickets visit 0 7


73 Cook on low heat for eight minutes. Add chopped parsley and remove from heat. Ingredients for the sauce: 1/3 cup olive oil 1 cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf, whole 2 cups chopped onion 7 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 1/8 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbs Whole Spice Druze Nuts & Spice Mixture 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 tbs fresh lemon juice 2 cups boiling water Instructions: In a nonstick pan, heat up the oil. Add cinnamon stick and bay leaf and saut for 30 seconds. Add chopped onion and saut for eight minutes, until slightly brown. Add chopped garlic and saut for an additional three minutes, until fragrant. Add turmeric, salt and Druze Nuts & Spice Mixture and mix gently. Add chopped parsley, black pepper and boiling water and simmer for four to ve minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick before pouring the sauce over the stued zucchini. Ingredients for the zucchini: 6 medium to large zucchini or summer squash Instructions: Cut zucchini into 2 1/2" lengths, starting at the blossom end. Hollow the zucchini pieces, wash well and set aside. Stu the zucchini with the meat and rice mixture and arrange it in a small saucepan or baking dish (we used a 7"-diameter saucepan that was 4" deep). Pour the sauce (minus cinnamon stick) over the stued zucchini. Cover the sauce pan and bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Israel Happy presents HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISRAEL a celebratory, family-friendly birthday party for Israel! MARCH 11, 2018 7PM Robarts ArenaWe will be honoring members of our community who have been instrumental in starting and supporting programs that provide Israel experiences for teens in Sarasota-Manatee: RICHARD BERGMAN BEATRICE FRIEDMAN AND FAMILY ESTHER AND ROBERT HELLER HERSHORIN AND SCHIFF FAMILIES JOAN AND BARTRAM LEVENSON MALKIN AND KALIN FAMILIES SALLY ZL AND SAM SHAPIRO FAMILY ANNE AND BARRY STEINContact Jessi Sheslow 941.343.2109 or or visit Performance by KESHET CHAIM DANCE ENSEMBLEMusic by THE SHUK BAND at $10 tickets start 0 7 Co-Chairs: Rosann Black and Melissa Howard


74 T he Prime Minister of Israel is the head of the Israeli govern ment and is the most powerful political ocer in Israel (the President of Israel being a titular gurehead). He or she wields executive power in the country, and has an ocial residence in Israels capital, Jerusalem. Following an election, the Presi dent nominates a Prime Minister aer asking party leaders whom they sup port for the position, though between 1996 and 2001 the Prime Minister was elected in a separate election to the rest of the Knesset. In Hebrew the position is called Rosh HaMemshala (Head of Government). Occasionally, the title of Premier is used when referring to the Prime Minister. Prime Ministers of Israel A total of 12 people have served as Prime Minister of Israel; ve have served on two non-consecutive occasions: David Ben-Gurion (rst time, 1948 1953) Moshe Sharett (1953 1955) David Ben-Gurion (second time, 1955 1963) Levi Eshkol (1963 1969) Golda Meir (1969 1974) Yitzhak Rabin (rst time, 1974 1977) Menachem Begin (1977 1983) Yitzhak Shamir (rst time, 1983 1984) Shimon Peres (rst time, 1984 1986) Yitzhak Shamir (second time, 1986 1992) Yitzhak Rabin (second time, 1992 1995) Shimon Peres (second time, 1995 1996) Benjamin Netanyahu (rst time, 1996 1999) Ehud Barak (1999 2001) Ariel Sharon (2001 2006) Ehud Olmert (2006 2009) Benjamin Netanyahu (second time, 2009 present) r fnntbfrrr rr rtr t n n nr rt rtrfrf nntrrft You can fund a JNF Charitable Gift Annuity for as little as $5,000!*Two life rates will vary. Rates are subject to change. Benjamin Netanyahu


75 Presidents of Israel T he President of the State of Is rael ( Nesi HaMedina President of the State) is the Head of State of Israel. e position is largely a cer emonial gurehead role, with execu tive real power lying in the hands of the Prime Minister. e current president is Reuven Rivlin. e presidents powers are rather limited in scope compared to heads of state in other countries. e president: Signs every law (except those that pertain to the presidents powers). Chooses a member of the Knesset to form the government in consul tation with the parties making up the body. Conrms diplomats and receives foreign diplomats. Signs treaties, approved by the Knesset, with foreign countries. Appoints judges to the Supreme Court (upon advice of the Judicial Appointments Committee). Appoints the governor of the Bank of Israel and other bureau crats (upon advice of the Prime Minister). Has the authority to pardon crimi nals and com mute sentences. Presidential powers are usu ally exercised based on the recommenda tion of appropri ate government ministers. Although the presidents role is non-political, Israeli heads of state per form important moral, ceremonial and educational functions, and also play a part in the formation of the cabinet, or government. Albert Einstein, a Jew but not an Is raeli citizen, was oered the presidency in 1952 but turned it down. Presidents of Israel: Chaim Weizmann 1949 1952 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi 1952 1963 Zalman Shazar 1963 1973 Ephraim Katzir 1973 1978 Yitzhak Navon 1978 1983 Chaim Herzog 1983 1993 Ezer Weizman 1993 2000 Moshe Katsav 2000 2007 Shimon Peres 2007 2014 Reuven Rivlin 2014 present President Reuven Rivlin CHANUKAHISRAEL CELEBRA TION IS SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH FEDERA TION OF SARASOT A-MANA TEE. JOIN CHABAD OF BRADENT ON & LAKEWOOD RANCH FOR C e l e b r a t i n g t h e h o l y l a n d o f I s r a e l a n d i t s p e o p l e BH TUESDA Y DECEMBER 12, 2017, 6:00PMLAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN STREET Featuring CONCERT WITH THE FREYLACH BANDISRAEL CHARITY BOX MENORAH ISRAELI-STYLE KOSHER FOOD KONA ICE TRUCK CHANUKAH CHANUKAH ART F ACE P AINTING HOT LA TKES DOUGHNUT DECORA TING JUDAH THE MACCABEE DREIDEL MASCOT CHANUKAH ST OR YTIME BOOTH NEW! LA TKE BIKE DREIDEL MOONBOUNCE RAFFLESS P R E A D T H E L I G H T A N D D O N A T E T O E I G H T D I F F E R E N T C H A R I T I E S I N I S R A E L W I T H O U R E I G H T C H A R I T Y B O X C A N D L E S THIS EVENT IS CO-SPONSORED BY LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN STREET .ADMISSION IS FREE. NOMINA ADMISSION IS FREE. NOMINAL FOOD FEES T O APPL Y SPONSOR $500.


76 Heroes of Israel eodor Herzl May 1860 July 1904 Founder of modern political Zionism, the movement to establish a Jewish homeland Moshe Dayan May 1915 October 1981 Military warrior and politician who helped negotiate the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty Elinor Joseph 1991 Christian-Israeli; First Arab woman to serve in a combat role in the Israeli army Ben Gurion October 1886 December 1973 First Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir May 1898 December 1978 Israels rst woman Prime Minister and third woman in the world to hold this oce Ilan Ramon June 1954 February 2003 First Israeli astronaut; died in the Columbia space shuttle explosion Shahar Tzuberi September 1986 Israeli Olympic bronze medalist; nephew of Gad Tsobari, 1972 Olympic wrestler Jonathon Yoni Netanyahu March 1946 July 1976 Awarded Medal of Distinguished Service; Killed in action during Operation Entebbe Hannah Senesh July 1921 November 1944 Jewish Palestinian paratrooper trained to rescue Jews during the Holocaust


77 Gal Fridman September 1975 Only Israeli (sailing) to win two Olympic medals; rst gold medalist in Israeli history Gilad Shalit August 1986 IDF soldier taken by Hamas terrorists near Gaza border and held prisoner for ve years Gal Gadot April 1985 Played a superhero on the big screen and became a hero for Jews and Israelis


78 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee programs for Teens T hrough local donors and e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, STEP (Shapiro Teen Engagement Program) provides op portunities for teens in the community to make Jewish friends and connect to Jewish life in Sarasota. STEP caters to the varied interests of teens, with room for everyone under this giant program umbrella. Whether you are looking for social activities, art classes, community service hours or something else, STEP and e Federation aim to provide ac tivities and programs that interest you. For more information, visit step. Each year, e Jewish Federa tion of Sarasota-Manatee selects high school students to participate in the prestigious Bob Malkin Young Am bassadors Teen Leadership Program (BMYA) which culminates in a twoweek mission to Israel. e program in cludes preand post-mission education and leadership training during which participants will develop their rela tionships with one another and with Israel. anks to a generous donation from Joan and Bart Levenson, the Lev enson Exchange and Advocacy Pro gram (LEAP) will further enhance the BMYA experience through experiential learning and connections with teens in our sister city of Tel Mond, Israel. For more information, visit www.jfedsrq. org/bmya. In April 2018, thousands of Jewish teens from around the world will share a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the March of the Living Mission where Preparing students to beLEADERS GLOBAL CITIZENS Hershorin Schiff Community Day School1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota | (941) 552-2770 | and For these programs, unless otherwise specied, contact Andrea Eiert at 941.552.6308 or


79 where they will march three kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the larg est concentration complex built by the Nazis. e march commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. From Poland, participants will y to Israel to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. e Federa tion partners with local philanthropists to provide scholarships for area teens to participate. is program is open to students in grades 11 and 12. For more information, contact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or e Send-A-Kid-to-Israel Pro gram (S.K.I.P.), which provides funds for teen travel to Israel, reects e Jew ish Federation of Sarasota-Manatees commitment to Jewish continuity and identity for our community. e pro gram provides scholarships to enable area Jewish teens to participate in Israel trips and programs sponsored by an accredited cultural and/or educational organization. S.K.I.P. is funded in large part by the Betty and Herb Schi S.K.I.P. Fund. Applications for 2018 programs are due by April 1. Details and applica tions can be found at Each year, e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee awards Education Scholarships to qualied applicants. Scholarships generally range from $500 to $5,000 per student and are available to Jewish students and a limited num ber for non-Jewish applicants. In 2017, more than $90,000 was awarded to lo cal teens. e primary consideration for these scholarships will be based on nancial need, however, a good academic record and community in volvement in Jewish activities are also evaluated. e deadline for the 2018-19 school year is April 9. Details and ap plications can be found at www.jfedsrq. org/educationscholarships. High school students wishing to participate in a Jewish domestic travel program may apply for a scholarship from e Federation. Scholarships are awarded on a rst-come, rst-served


80 basis, and an interview is required. Ap plications for 2018 programs are due by April 1. Details and applications can be found at e Jewish Federations of Col lier County, Lee & Charlotte Counties and Sarasota-Manatee Counties have worked collectively to provide a Hillel presence for students at Ringling Col lege of Art + Design, New College of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and University of South Florida Sara sota-Manatee. Our Hillel professional works with the students to plan Jewish programming and holiday celebrations, provide internship and leadership op portunities, and Birthright Israel ex periences. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 Jewish students at tending colleges in this area. Our sta and students operate under the aus pices of Hillel International. For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or rough the Friedman Family Fund, e Federation provides schol arships for students in grades 10-12 to study abroad in Israel on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel Program Students attend part of the academic school year or summer in Israel during their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school on a fully-accredited academic and fun experience, earning high school and college credit. Schol arships are awarded on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Applications for 2018 programs are due by April 1. Details and applications can be found at jfed e AIPAC (American Israel Pub lic Aairs Committee) Policy Con ference is the pro-Israel communitys largest annual gathering, drawing thou sands of participants from all 50 states. e Federation brings high school and college students to the highly-subsi dized Policy Conference each spring in Washington, D.C. Details and applica tions can be found on e Federations website at Whos Going to Give $90,000 to a Bunch of Students? ? Whos Going to Give $90,000 to a Bunch of Students WE ARE! EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPSThe Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will award more than $90,000 in education scholarships to eligible students for the 2018-2019 school year.Scholarships are available to students of the Jewish faith. The only exception is the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship. $5,000Jacqueline SiegelFrascella Scholarship $4,000Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship $2,000Michelson Interfaith Scholarship $500Bnai Brith Gulf Coast Lodge Scholarship AWARD VARIESRonald and Geri Yonover Scholarship Renewable for 4 YearsMelissa Wides Foundation Education Scholarship $$$The Jewish Federation Scholarship Fund $1,000Betty Schoenbaum Fund WHO CAN APPLY? Students who identify as Jewish. The only exception is the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship. Students whose families have resided in Sarasota or Manatee county full time for at least two years. Students seeking enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college, vocational school or technical program.No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.OTHER CONSIDERATIONSThe primary consideration for these scholarships is nancial need. However, a good academic record, involvement in Jewish activities and community service will be evaluated. APPLY ONLINE JAN. 1-APR. 9, 2018JFEDSRQ .org/ EducationScholarships Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232OR contact Andrea Eiert at or 941.552.6308 For more information, Come to the OPEN HOUSE on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018


81 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINESMark Your Calendars: Important scholarship application deadlines for teens and families.November 1, 2017January 31, 2018 Scholarship applications accepted for Jewish Overnight Camp Grants More information: March 1April 1, 2018 Scholarship applications accepted for: Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Domestic Teen Travel programs, SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel Program) More information: January 1April 9, 2018 Education Scholarship applications accepted More information: September 1November 15, 2018* Scholarship applications accepted for: AIPAC Policy Conference, Bob Malkin Young Ambassador Mission to Israel (BMYA)/Levenson Exchange and Advocacy Program (LEAP), Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Domestic Teen Travel programs, SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel Program), March of the Living deadline is October 31, 2018 More information: Contact Andrea Eiert at or 941.552.6308 Why I Love Israel for Teens A t the monthly CTeen meetings, teens explore the Holy Land and how our mission as a peo ple is intrinsically bound to Israel. Stu dents are given the information and tools to have knowledgeable, factual discussions about Jewish claims to the land and modern political realities. is interactive program empow ers students to stand up and voice their opinions, while identifying and express ing their role as a member of the Jewish nation. Its an engaging and stimulat ing discourse about the land of Israel. All lessons include videos of a road trip Israeli Film Series for Teens T he teen community of SarasotaManatee is invited to experi ence great lms, socialize with old and new friends, enjoy delicious lunches, and strengthen their connec tion to Israel in an innovative program through Israel, giving students an in siders view of real life in the dierent regions and cities there. is program is sponsored in part by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee For more information and a sched ule, please call Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or visit www.chabad sponsored by e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Israel Committee of Temple Emanu-El. Four times a year, teenagers gather at Temple Emanu-El for an Israeli lm series, featuring specially-chosen Is raeli movies designed to appeal to teens and to spark interest and discussion. In addition to watching the movie together, teens enjoy time to social ize over lunches ranging from pizza to freshly-prepared falafel, and participate in a guided conversation about the lm. e movies have been chosen by Marni Mount and Dr. Uzi Baram, members of Temple Emanu-Els Israel Committee. ey made their selections aer viewing over 50 possibilities. For a complete list of dates and more information, contact Temple Emanu-El Israel Committee Chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or


82 The PJ Library Jewish Overnight Camp Grants T he PJ Libraryprogram supports families raising Jewish children by sending high-quality Jewishthemed books and music on a monthly basis to children ages six months to eight years. is programis free! In addition, PJ Library works with community partners to present chil drens concerts, Tot Shabbat and other family activities. Register your child online at e PJ Libraryis a partnership of e Harold Grinspoon Founda tion and e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee For more information, please con tact Andrea Eiert at 941.552.6308 or T he Jewish Overnight Camp In centive Grant Program provides subsidies of up to $1,000 per child for campers attending a Jewish not-for-prot overnight camp. Grants are provided by e Jew ish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Eligible parents and children must be Jewish, residents of Sarasota or Mana tee counties, and legal residents of the United States. Grants are paid directly to the camp and are available on a rst-come, rstserved basis. For more information, please con tact Andrea Eiert at 941.552.6308 or AND FRIENDS BROUGHT TO YOU BY 2017-2018 ANDREA EIFFERT, PJ LIBRARY COORDINATOR PH : 941.552.6308 LIVE LAUGH CELEBRATE DREAM INSPIRE READ LOVE Saturday, Oct. 28 5:30-7:30pm Temple Sinai Wednesday, Nov. 15 5:00pm Chabad of Sarasota Sunday, Dec. 17 3:00-6:00pm Phillippi Estate Park (with Chabad of Sarasota) Sunday, Jan. 14 Noon-5pm Jewish Federation Campus Monday, Jan. 15 10:30am-Noon OBrien Family Farm (with Community Day School) Sunday, Jan. 28 1:00-3:00pm The Rudd Family Farm (with Temple Beth Sholom) Saturday, Mar. 17 11:00am Hunsader Farms (with Temple Emanu-El) Sunday, Apr. 15 6:00pm Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Sunday, Apr. 22 10:00-11:30am Urfer Park (with Temple Sinai)


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84 T he Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee oers students ages 16-22 the opportunity to be published and get real-world writ ing experience through the Miriam and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Internship. Interns write for a professional publica tion, e Jewish News of Sarasota-Man atee as well as e Federations blog, and learn more about the Jewish non prot world. Preferred are applicants who wish to pursue a career in journalism, have a desire to work in the nonprot sector and are interested in helping others. Applicants interested in writing or graphic design/illustration are encour aged to send samples of their work, a resume and a cover letter to Kim Mul lins at or snail mail to e Jewish Federation of Sara sota-Manatee, Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. e deadline for submissions is April 1. Miriam and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Internship SAVE THE DATE! JANUARY 2018January 3: Teen Travel Reunion January 14: Israel@70 Shuk (selling hotdogs as a fundraiser)January 24: Education Scholarship Open House January 28: STEP/Parent Scholar in Residence dinner with Dr. RomirowskyFEBRUARY 2018February 11: StandWithUs Israel Advocacy Workshop: Peace in the Middle East February 25: STEP/BMYA program at Aviva MARCH 2018March 18: Leadership Training with Rabbi Yonah SchillerAPRIL 2018April 4: College Lecture SeriesGo to for the most up-to-date listings.For more information, contact Andrea Eiert 941.552.6308 or*Dates subject to change. Additional program dates may be added. Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 make sure to catch all events at invited events


2018 For more information and to apply, go or contact Andrea Eiffert at 941.552.6308 or Application Deadlines Posted Online at BOB MALKIN YOUNG AMBASSADORS TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and its generous donors are committed to providing teen travel scholarships for the following educational, experiential, and exploratory programs: Alexander Muss High School in Israel Participate in a 6-, 8-, or 18-week program. Enjoy college living in a high school environment in Israel. AIPAC Policy Conference (March 4-6, 2018) Join more than 18,000 pro-Israel activitsts for the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Domestic Teen Travel Take part in an accredited academic, experiential, or volunteerbased domestic teen travel program and receive a scholarship from The Jewish Federation. March of the Living (April 8-22, 2018) Participate in this 2-week program bringing Jewish teens from around the world to Poland and Israel. SKIP Take part in an accredited academic, experiential, or volunteer-based program to Israel and receive a scholarship from The Jewish Federation. Bob Malkin Young Ambassador / Levenson Exchange and Advocacy Program (Tentative dates: June 17-July 2, 2018) Join other local 10th & 11th grade students for a 2-week trip of a lifetime.


86 Camps: Camp Gan at Temple Sinai 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.9462 Laura Freedman, Director of Early Childhood Education Camp Gan Israel 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 941.752.3030 Chanie Bukiet, Program Director Camp Gan Israel 7700 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 941.925.0770 Sara Steinmetz, Director Camp Gan Israel Chabad of Venice 21560 Angela Lane Venice, FL 34293 941.493.2770 Rivka Schmerling Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center at Temple Emanu-El 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941.377.8074 Elaine Sharrock, Director Day Schools: Hershorin Schi Community Day School 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237 941.552.2770 Amy Meese, Director of Admissions and School Operations Hebrew/Religious Schools: Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 7700 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 941.925.0770 Sara Steinmetz, Director Hebrew School of the Arts 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 941.752.3030 Chanie Bukiet, Program Director Hebrew School of the Arts 21560 Angela Lane Venice FL 34293 941.493.2770 Chaya Rivka Schmerling, Education Director Temple Beth El Bradenton Religious School 5150 Peridia Blvd East Bradenton, FL 34203 941.755.4900 Susie Konicov, Education Chair Temple Emanu-El Religious School 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941.378.5567 Sabrina Silverberg, Director of Education 2018RELIGIOUS SCHOOLSCHOLARSHIPS Need-based Scholarship Assistance For Sarasota and Manatee County StudentsWe would like to help make religious school a reality for your child by offering need-based scholarship assistance. In the past four years, The Jewish Federation has funded more than $154,000 to assist 400 children to attend Religious schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Find out if we can assist your child attend a Jewish religious school.Questions? Contact Debbie Sanford at or 941.706.0033Apply Online at APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR OPEN JUNE 1, 2018 Directory


87 Temple Sinai Religious School 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.922.9322 Steve Weintraub, Director of Youth and Adult Education Preschools/Early Childhood: Babyccino 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 941.752.3030 Chanie Bukiet, Program Director Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center at Temple Emanu-El 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941.377.8074 Elaine Sharrock, Director e Gan at Temple Sinai 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.9462 Laura Freedman, Director of Early Childhood Education Youth Groups/Teens: Meeting Space: Hershorin Schi Community Day School 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota, FL 34237 239.263.4205 Skylar Haas, Associate Regional Director CTeen (Bradenton / LWR) 5712 Lorraine Road Bradenton, FL 34211 941.752.3030 chabadoradenton. com Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, CTeen Leader rabbimendy1808@ CTeen Venice 21560 Angela Lane Venice FL 34293 941.493.2770 Chaya Rivka Schmerling, Education Director STEEMY (Sarasota Temple Emanu-El Mitzvah Youth) Temple Emanu-El 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941.378.5567 Alex Zalkin, STEEMY Advisor Tayla Rosenthal, STEEMY President Temple Beth Sholom Youth Groups 1050 South Tuttle Avenue Sarasota, FL 34237 941.955.8121 x1002 Kelly Nester, Rabbinic Assistant Temple Sinai JOOSY & SAFETY (Youth Groups) 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.922.9322 Steve Weintraub, Director of Youth and Adult Education Directory Apply Online TIME TO GET FIRED UP! The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with local philanthropists, provides rst-come, rst-served incentive grants for Jewish children from Sarasota and Manatee to attend not-for-prot Jewish overnight camps.APPLICATIONS OPEN: NOVEMBER 1, 2017 THRU JANUARY 31, 2018For more information, contact Andrea Eiert at or 941.552.6308 JEWISH OVERNIGHT CAMP GRANTSNeed-based scholarships will also be available this year. Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232


88 The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a season of exciting programs designed to celebrate Israel arts and December 12, 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Shonim BYachad Exhibit Shonim BYachad is an artistic educational project aiming to endow the values of equality, tolerance and shared existence. Artwork is created by students of all ages and backgrounds in Israel. Sponsored by e Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, Embracing Our Dierences, Ringling College of Art + Design, and e Daniels Centers for Progressive Judaism. Ringling College of Art + Design Free; tour is self-guided Debbie Sanford, 941.706.0033, January 14, 12:00 5:00 p.m. We Love Israel Shuk/Marketplace Featuring Israeli vendors, food, music, childrens activities, shopping, speakers and more. A taste of Israel in SarasotaManatee! Jewish Federation Campus Free January 30-31, 10:00 a.m. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series with Dr. Asaf Romirowsky A two-part series focusing on the beginning of modern-day Palestine and the transformation of Israel. January 30 e Road to Independence from the Pre-State to Statehood; January 31 e Creation of the Modern-Day Middle East from 1967 to Today. Beatrice Friedman eater on e Federation Campus $18 each or $30 for the series RSVP: 866.465.3995 or February 6, 11:30 a.m. Federation Lion of Judah/ Pomegranate Luncheon Featuring Food Network Israeli pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, executive chef and owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City. Known for his couture cakes, Ben-Israel is also a well-respected judge on various Food CELEBRATE JEWISH L IFE! CONNEC T WITH YOUR JEWISH C OMMUNITY


89 Network shows. Michaels On the Bay at Selby Gardens Tickets start at $75 with a minimum gi of $1,800 to e Federations development eorts. RSVP: Gisele Pintchuck, 941.706.0029 or February 17, doors open 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Ethiopian Israeli Hip-Hop Concert featuring Caf Shahor Hazak (Strong Black Coee) Cousins Uri Elman and Ilek Sahalu, who were born in Ethiopia, immigrated to Israel as children. ey have been writing and performing hip-hop since they were 16. e duo has since performed in more than 20 countries. is event is presented in partnership with Art, Rhymes and Beer. Sahib Shriners Auditorium, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota $10 in advance/$15 at the door RSVP: February 18, 11:00 a.m. Ethiopian Israeli Cultural Day Featuring a performance by Caf Shahor Hazak (Strong Black Coee), activities for children and teens, Israeli food, and jewelry made by Ethiopian Israelis. Temple Sinai Free; RSVP required RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or February 26, two seatings: 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Israeli Dinner with Chef Einat Admony Einat Admony, owner of Balaboosta in New York City, two-time Chopped winner and author of Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love will create a delicious Israeli meal, complete with wine pairings. Louies Modern $150; seating is limited RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or Mr. Ben-Israel is the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes THE NEW YORK TIMESFEATURING Ron Ben-IsraelMichaels On The Bay at Selby Gardens, Sarasota, FL 11:30AM Lion of Judah & Pomegranate LUNCHEON To learn more about the Lion of Judah and Pomegranate divisions, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq.orgCo-Chairs: Anne Spindel and Susi Benson-Steenbarger Tuesday, February 6, 2018 RBI Cakes For more information or to request a brochure, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or or Rich Bergman at 941.552.6306 or Womens Day | Jewish Film Festival | Israel@70 | Major GiftsENRICH JEWISH LIVES VIA EVENT SPONSORSHIPS The Federation oers Event Sponsorships to individuals and businesses in the community which allow us the opportunity to allocate a higher percentage of dollars toward improving the lives of those in need.View our entire list of Giving Opportunities today at


90 March 8-18 Various times and locations 9 th Annual Jewish Film Festival is years Jewish Film Festival will feature Israeli lms in honor of Israel @ 70. Opening and closing night celebrations will feature food, special guests and more. Tickets start at $15 RSVP: 866.465.3995 or events starting late January March 11, 7:00 p.m. Happy Birthday Israel Party Featuring the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and e Shuk Band. Event will serve to honor those in our community who have supported programs to provide teen trips to Israel. Robarts Arena Tickets start at $10 RSVP: 866.465.3995 or events starting late January March 20, 10:00 a.m. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series with Rabbi Yonah Schiller Topic: Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah Beatrice Friedman eater on e Federation Campus $18 RSVP: 866.465.3995 or April 15, 6:00 p.m. Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Join e Federation to celebrate Israels 70 th anniversary of statehood. Familyfriendly. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Free; RSVP required RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or April 22, 10:00 a.m. PJ Library Israel Birthday Celebration Celebrate Israels birthday with PJ Library of e Jewish Federation and Temple Sinai. Urfer Park, 4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota Free; RSVP required RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or save the dates! 9TH ANNUAL LEON R. AND MARGARET M. ELLIN NAIDITCH FAMILY FOUNDATION | ROBERT AND ESTHER HELLER COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEEFEDERATION TORCH SPONSORS COCHAIRS: FRAN BRAVERMAN AND EVANS TILLES LEAD SPONSOR MEDIA SPONSORS To become a sponsor, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or 0 7 MARCH 8, 2018 *List in formation FOR DETAILS CALL 866.465.3995 OR VISIT JFEDSRQ.ORG/JFF18 Naiditch Family FoundationThis project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture.


91 For up-to-date information on these and other community events, please check e Jewish News, and the individual temple and organization websites. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to partner with area synagogues and organizations to help bring Israel @ 70 to our community and celebrate with as many people as possible! December 5, 7:00 p.m. Dreidel Tournament for Israel e Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton $180 for annual CTeen membership RSVP: 941.752.3030 or or December 6, 5:00 p.m. Denial Screening and 92 nd Street Y Denial is a historical lm that recounts Deborah Lipstadts legal battle for truth. e lm will be followed by the 92 nd Street Y presentation of Denial e Holocaust on Trial: A Conversation with Deborah Lipstadt. Temple Beth El Bradenton $5; pizza dinner will be provided No RSVP needed or 941.755.4900 December 10, 7:00 p.m. Starting Over Again Screening Florida premiere of documentary about the Jews of Egypt Temple Beth Israel $10 RSVP: 941.383.3428 or December 12, 6:00 p.m. Chanukah Israel Celebration Lakewood Ranch Main Street Free; Nominal food fees RSVP: 941.752.3030, or December 13, 5:30 p.m. Simcha Israel International Film Series Enjoy a lm and a delicious meal prepared by Rabbi Michael Sterneld. Temple Beth El Bradenton $10 941.755.4900 December 17, 3:00 6:00 p.m. A Taste of Chanukah 2017 Chabad of Sarasota invites you to join us for a Community Chanukah Festival Israel-Style. Phillippi Estate Park $5; free for children under 13 941.925.0770 December 17, 4:30 p.m. Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival Chabad of Venice and the Federation invite you to this event. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice Free RSVP: 941.493.2770 January 10, 6:30 p.m. Simcha Israel International Film Series Enjoy a lm and a delicious meal prepared by Rabbi Michael Sterneld. Temple Beth El Bradenton $10 941.755.4900 January 16, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Jerusalem Uncovered e Archaeological Claim to Jerusalem Chabad of Venice and the Federation invite you to this event. Chabad of Venice Education Center $10 RSVP: 941.493.2770 January 17, 7:00 p.m. 92 nd Street Y Presentation Interview with Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad ings Happen to Good People Temple Beth El Bradenton Free or 941.755.4900 January 23, 11:30 a.m. Israel-Mote Partnership Luncheon Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, will discuss the Mote-Israel partnership. Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken ompson Pkwy., Sarasota RSVP by January 17: Amanda Chandler, January 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10 th Annual Jewish Food Festival Eat in or take out Temple Sinai Free 941.924.1802 or


92 February 1, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Raid on Entebbe Chabad of Venice and e Federation invite you to this class. Chabad of Venice Education Center $10 RSVP: 941.493.2770 February 13, 7:00 p.m. CTeen Israel Food Gi Drive e Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton $180 for annual CTeen membership RSVP: 941.752.3030 or February 14, 11:30 a.m. SaBra Hadassah Education Day Panel discussion on Jewish Genetic Diseases. Lunch will be provided for a nominal charge. Jewish Federation Campus Zell Room RSVP: Lee Ruggles, 941.924.1338 or February 18, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Shalom Shuk at the JCV Jewish Food Festival Jewish Congregation of Venice presents its 24 th Annual Jewish Food Festival, featuring an Israeli marketplace with Israeli merchandise, music and dancing. Jewish Congregation of Venice 941.484.2022 February 21, 7:00 p.m. 92 nd Street Y Presentation Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate winner, writer, professor and Holocaust survivor Temple Beth El Bradenton Free or 941.755.4900 February 24, 6:00 p.m. Israel Pub Night Temple Emanu-El Cost TBA 941.371.2788 February 25, 7:00 p.m. Rescuing the Syrian Jewish Community and Bringing em to Israel Dr. Judy Feld Carr will share her amazing story of how she was able to ransom and/or smuggle much of the Syrian Jewish Community into Lebanon and Turkey where the Israelis were waiting to transport them to Israel. Temple Beth Sholom $10 941.955.8121 March 6, 7:00 p.m. Seventy Years of Israel, the Miracle in the Making A conversation with Rabbi Howard Simon, moderated by Isaac Azerad. Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity Program celebrating the 70 th anniversary of the State of Israel. Temple Beth Israel $10 for advance reservations; $15 at the door; free for TBI members RSVP: 941.383.3428 March 8-10, Various times 38 th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival A World of Jazz Featuring musicians from all over the world; closing night concert will feature Israeli pianist Ehud Asherie Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota Tickets start at $39 for Jazz Club Members; $49 for nonmembers or 941.366.1552 March 13, All day Birthday Party for Israel @ 70 Celebrate Israels birthday by hearing from Israeli Christians, a Holocaust survivor and local Jewish community leadership. First Church of the Nazarene Bradenton, 1616 59 th St. W., Bradenton Free Gail Cox, 941.721.7392 or Due to the exclusivity of this oer, sponsorships go fast. Call today to see if the sponsorship category for your business is available.Robin Leonardi, Account Executive | 941.552.6307 | rleonardi@jfedsrq.orgShowcase Your Business Online Become a Federation eBlast Newsletter Sponsor with Banner Ads that Drive Customers Directly to Your Website ExclusivityWe limit our sponsors to a maximum of 4 per eBlast, and reserve sponsorships to only one business in a profession. Aordability$62.50 per week connects your business to a powerful demographic for less than 1 per recipient. RecognitionYour BANNER AD will be prominently displayed with a link that drives customers DIRECTLY to your website. ReacheBlast newsletters are sent out via email once a week to over 8,000 subscribers. They highlight upcoming events and timely topics.


93 March 14, 6:30 p.m. Simcha Israel International Film Series Enjoy a lm and a delicious meal prepared by Rabbi Michael Sterneld. Temple Beth El Bradenton $10 941.755.4900 March 21, 7:00 p.m. 92 nd Street Y Presentation David Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel Temple Beth El Bradenton Free or 941.755.4900 March 25, 4:00 6:00 p.m. Sarasota Jewish Chorale Concert Remembering to Rejoicing: e Legacy of Anne Frank and the Miracle of Israel e Chorale concert honors Anne Frank with a repertoire of songs with Holocaust overtones, and a tribute to Israels 70 th birthday. e dramatic choral program will be accompanied by instrumentation and a coordinated slideshow. Temple Beth Sholom $18 in advance; $20 at the door Ronnie Riceberg,, 508.942.1479 or April 15, 1:00 p.m. Israel Heritage Celebration e Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL presents family stories by people present in Israel at the time of her founding (and earlier), with Jewish and Israeli music provided by Sharon and David Ohrenstein. Aviva A Campus for Jewish Life Free RSVP: 941.921.1433 or INDEPENDENCE DAYISRAEL SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 6 PM TRADITIONAL ISRAELI FOOD AND FAMILY FUN FIREWORKS! Join us as we celebrate Israels 70th Birthday!Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County 3100 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota When: Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6pm What: A traditional Israel Independence Celebration Info: 0 7 For more information, contact Debbie Sanford at or 941.706.0033


94 For up-to-date information on these and other community events, please check e Jewish News, and the individual temple and organization websites. Federation events plus Israel-themed events from area temples and organizations open to the entire community December 2017 December 4, 11:30 a.m. Womens Day featuring Aly Raisman Aly is the two-time team captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team (2012 and 2016). She is the second-most decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals and was recently named the most famous Jewish athlete by ESPN. Michaels On East $80 plus a minimum $100 contribution RSVP: Gisele Pintchuck, 941.706.0029 or December 10, 12:15 p.m. Israeli Film Series for Teens Temple Emanu-El Free 941.379.1997 December 10, 2:00 p.m. The Maccabees First Chanukah in Israel Explore the roots of many of the familiar Chanukah traditions with direct links to their origins in Israel, followed by the Music of Light concert at 3:00 p.m. by Israeli piano virtuoso Eleonora Lvov. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 December 15, 5:15 p.m. Chanukah Musical Erev Shabbat Service The service is followed by a traditional, family-friendly Chanukah dinner. An Israeli Scholar-inResidence will make a presentation. Temple Sinai Prices and RSVP: 941.924.1802 or December 17, 4:00 5:00 p.m. Tell Us Your Israel Stories Celebration Assn. of Professional Jewish Artists invites you to a celebration of Israel and Hanukkah with professional Jewish storyteller Rabbi Goldie Milgram. Includes an Israel Stories Open Mike. Kobernick House Free 941.921.1433 or r fntOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! Please register at with your preferences. rfntbttt rff ntbffnfffr fff fff For more information contact Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or For a continuously updated list of events, visit the Community Calendar page at


95 December 18, 6:00 p.m. Downtown Hanukkah Celebration of Israel at 70 Join the Temple Beth El Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch family for a community celebration of Hanukkah Israeli style. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Pavilion, 452 3 rd Ave. West Free 941.755.4900 December 25, 12:00 p.m. The Long Way Home Screening depicts the three-year period from Holocaust liberation in 1945 to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and the continuing ordeals of Holocaust survivors during this tumultuous time as they sought to The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 December 31, 11:00 a.m. Israel in 2018 Learn the latest in innovative Israeli endeavors and take a glimpse at the exciting future for Israel and what it means for the Jewish people throughout the world. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 January 2018 January 5, 6:30 p.m. Israeli Dinner Temple Beth Israel $35 RSVP: 941.383.3428 or Co-Chairs: Carol Camiener and Dean Eisner 0 7 rffrnrtb DIANE ROSKAMP EXHIBITION HALL 2700 N. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, FLShonim BYachad is an artistic educational project aiming to endow the values of equality, tolerance, recognizing the other, and shared existence. Central to the project is an exhibition of artwork which was created by students of a variety of ages and backgrounds from Israel. Dont miss this opportunity to view artwork from the original collection in this self-guided tour. SPONSORED BY Read Connections and The Jewish News online at


96 January 7, 2:30 p.m. Maps of Israel Across Time Take a fascinating look at the changing borders of Israel over the past 3,000 years, followed by a Timeless Piano Concert by internationally-acclaimed Israeli pianist, Eleonora Lvov. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 January 11, 18 and 25, 12:30 p.m. Jewish Identity and the Land of Israel Adult Education Series Temple Emanu-El $10 per class; $30 for series 941.371.2788 January 11, 5:00 p.m. Federation Newcomers Event Welcoming those new to SarasotaManatee and to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee The Francis Free; RSVP required RSVP: Ilene Fox, 941.343.2111 or January 19, 5:30 p.m. Israeli-Style Shabbat Dinner Chabad of Sarasota invites you to this dinner event, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Chabad of Sarasota Free RSVP: 941.925.0770 January 21, 11:00 a.m. The Wannsee Conference and the Birth of Israel of the Nazi leadership met in a villa outside Berlin to plan the complete destruction of the Jewish people, moving the survivors of historys most entry into the historic Jewish Holy Land. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 January 21, 2:00 p.m. Remember Temple Emanu-El $5 941.371.2788 January 26, 10:30 a.m. -Year Israeli Timeline Examine the highlights of Israels journey from a newly-independent neighboring Arab countries bent on its immediate destruction to the 21 st century world-leadership role it now The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 January 26, 6:00 p.m. Footsteps in Israel Celebrate Congregation Ner Tamids signature Shabbat at Table with a Kabbalat Shabbat prayers. After dinner, take a walk through a giant puzzle map of Israel, and share interesting information, entertaining anecdotes, and favorite memories. This is a great experience for parents, children, grandparents, couples and acquaintances. Congregation Ner Tamid Free RSVP by January 19: 941.755.1231 January 28, 3:00 p.m. International Holocaust Remembrance Day This Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee event honors the Italian community with special guest Consul General of Italy Gloria Bellelli. First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Free; RSVP requested RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or LIVE LAUGH CELEBRATE DREAM READ INSPIRE LOVEPJ Library helps families on their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six-months to 8-years. This program is completely free for families, thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and our incredible donors.Sign-up Today at JFEDSRQ .org/pjPJ Our Way engages kids ages 9 thru 11-years-old with FREE books, music, and activities that nurture their Jewish journey, as well as their intellect. This program is completely free for families, thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and our incredible donors.Sign-up Today at JFEDSRQ .org/pjowFor more information, contact Andrea Eiert at or 941.552.6308 FREEE BOOKS


97 January 31, 9:30 a.m. ORT Game Day Luncheon Celebrating Israel Bring your own game equipment for game of your choice. In honor of Israel, Rummikub lessons will be available. Meadows Country Club $38 RSVP: Diane Rosenblum,; for details, call Dana Corn, 941.493.0947 February 2018 February 2, 7:00 p.m. Operation Entebbe The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton $25; early-bird discount by January 18: $18 RSVP: 941.752.3030, or February 4, 4:00 p.m. Positively Israel Live Music and Multimedia Presentation Temple Beth Israel $10 RSVP: 941.383.3428 or February 11, 12:15 p.m. Israeli Film Series for Teens Temple Emanu-El Free 941.379.1997 February 18, 2:30 p.m. Important Documents of Israel No country can claim an historical record of written documents as can Israel, whose written record stretches back over 3,000 years, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Balfour Declaration, the Declaration of Independence of May 1948, and the 1950 Law of Return. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 February 21, 12:00 p.m. Sophisticated Ladies Celebrate Israel@70 Temple Beth Sholoms Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction raises money for youth programs, Camp Ramah Darom scholarships, and community-wide youth groups. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on an extensive array of items displayed at the auction, including jewelry and gift Temple Beth Sholom For pricing and information: Hannah Puckhaber, 941.955.8121 PRESENTED BYAll attendees receive a CHANCE TO WIN a piece of Megemeria jewelry and a piece of jewelry from McCarver & Moser! RSVP online at For more information, contact: Gisele Pintchuck at 941.706.0029 or gpintchuck@jfedsrq.orgWIN! Please join us for an Open House Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11am 4pm to meet Daniel Sahaloat McCarver & Moser, 1301 Main St., SarasotaDaniel will share his story about immigrating to Israel from Ethiopia, and present Megemeria, an original and modern jewelry collection that is part of Yvel. This collec tion is designed by Jewish Ethiopian immigrants trained at The Megemeria School. You will also be able to experience the luxurious Yvel trunk show, world-renowned for its distinctive creations hand-crafted in Motza, Israel.

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98 February 24, 4:00 p.m. Israel ShabbART Association of Professional Jewish Artists celebrates Shabbat and Israels 70 th year on Siesta Key Beach with an Israel Labyrinth experience, music, stories, dancing and art-making. Free 941.921.1433 or February 25, 2:00 p.m. Krav Maga Israeli Self-Defense Seminar system of the Israel Defense Forces. It emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios, which increase strength, awareness, self-control and determination. The Al Katz Center $18 RSVP: 941.313.9239 March 2018 March 1, 5:00 p.m. Purim in Israel Dinner Chabad of West Bradenton $10 per adult; $5 per child RSVP: 941.735.9049 or www. March 4, 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Israeli Art Show The annual Israeli Art Show features stunning artwork by local Israeli and Jewish artists in various media for viewing and purchase. At 4:00 p.m., enjoy an emotive concert of Spring Romance on the Piano performed by world-renowned Israeli pianist Eleonora Lvov. The Al Katz Center Donations greatly appreciated RSVP: 941.313.9239 March 4, 4:00 p.m. Annual Mens Club Purim Celebration Enjoy a Purim party celebrating Israel at 70, and feast on an Israeli-style barbeque. Temple Beth El Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch Members: $12; $30 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) Nonmembers: $15; $36 for a family of four 941.755.4900 March 6, 7:00 p.m. Seventy Years of Israel: The Miracle in the Making Temple Beth Israel $10 RSVP: 941.383.3428 or April 2018 April 11, 7:00 p.m. Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration This Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee event remembers the six million who perished during the Holocaust. Location TBD Free; RSVP requested RSVP: Brieana Duckett-Graves, 941.552.6305 or April 12, 10:30 p.m. Yom HaShoah Israel: The Eternal Hope of Jews in the Holocaust where Holocaust survivors wished to go besides Israel, many Jews replied, a second choice if Palestine is not their despair in living anywhere other than the Holy Land. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 Sarasota-Manatees Only Jewish NewspaperSERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1971 Advertise in The Jewish News, and Connect with Your Community! Over half of our readers hold a college or advanced degree More than half of our readers frequently purchase products or services from ads seen in our publication well-educated and discerning Jewish households in our area. Contact Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 Introduce Your Business to a Powerful Demographic. Download the media kit at

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99 April 15, 12:15 p.m. Israeli Film Series for Teens Temple Emanu-El Free 941.379.1997 April 18, 11:30 a.m. Sister Cities Association of Sarasota features its Israel Sister City (Tel Mond) Israeli music, dcor and food will set the tone to celebrate Israel Bird Key Yacht Club $28 RSVP: 941.921.1433 or April 18, 5:30 p.m. Yom HaZikaron Observance and Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Remember on Yom HaZikaron the courageous Defenders of Israel who have lost their lives for the Jewish homeland and people; followed at 6:00 p.m. by a performance by worldrenowned Israeli piano virtuoso, Eleonora Lvov, celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut with songs, movies, music and Israeli foods. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 April 18, 6:30 p.m. Temple Beth El Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch Compliments of the TBE Board of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee 941.755.4900 April 20, 6:30 p.m. Israel Shabbat Dinner Chabad of Venice invites you to this dinner, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Chabad of Venice Education Center $25 RSVP: 941.493.2770 Special Guest Consul General of Italy Gloria Bellellichair rabbi barbara aiello featuring guest speaker roberto meie Mei family was honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for having helped save and sustain countless Jewish residents of their village in Pitigliano in Grosseto, Italy, during WWII. International Holocaust Remembrance Dayrrf the SAVED A T E Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232 Sunday, January 28, 20183:00:30pmfirst united methodist church 104 pineapple ave, Sarasota Free EventREGISTER ONLINE AT JFEDSRQ.ORG/EVENTSFor more information please contact Debbie Sanford 941.706.0033

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100 April 26, 7:00 p.m. Journey Through Poland: Rebellion & Zionism During WWII Aviva A Campus For Senior Life Free RSVP: 941.757.8520 or April 30, 5:00 p.m. A Taste of Memories: Remembering Our Fallen Troops Through Food and Culture Aviva A Campus For Senior Life Call for guest pricing RSVP: 941.757.8520 or May 2018 May 13, 2:00 p.m. Israeli Music Fest & Feast for Yom Yerushalayim Celebrate the undivided capital of Israel, the reborn homeland of the music, discussions and an array of Israeli and Jewish delicacies. Enjoy a concert at 3:00 p.m. The Al Katz Center $10 per adult; $5 per student RSVP: 941.313.9239 June 2018 June 10, 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Day in the Life: Aviva Goes to Israel Aviva A Campus For Senior Life Free RSVP: 941.757.8520 or To discuss creating your Jewish legacy, contact LIFE & LEGACY director:Gisele Pintchuck at 941.706.0029 or THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE Klingenstein Jewish Center | 580 McIntosh Rd. | Sarasota, FL 34232 | Temple Emanu-El Please consider making a legacy gift in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy to our LIFE & LEGACY Partners. Give to LIFE & LEGACYA program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, LIFE & LEGACYs mission is to support the future of our Jewish community for generations to come. Whatever you cherish most about Jewish life learning, community, worship, caring for those in need or social justice, by leaving a legacy you ensure that the things you value are sustained for future generations.HOW WILL YOU ASSURE JEWIS H TOMORROWS? For a continuously updated list of events, visit the Community Calendar page at

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101 January 5: 5:32 pm January 12: 5:37 pm January 19: 5:43 pm January 26: 5:49 pm February 2: 5:54 pm February 9: 5:59 pm February 16: 6:04 pm February 23: 6:09 pm March 2: 6:13 pm March 9: 6:17 pm March 16: 7:21 pm March 23: 7:25 pm March 30, Eve of First day Passover: 7:28 pm March 31, Eve of Second day Passover: after 8:22 pm April 5, Eve of Seventh day Passover: 7:31 pm April 6, Eve of Eighth day Passover: 7:32 pm April 13: 7:36 pm April 20: 7:39 pm April 27: 7:43 pm May 4: 7:47 pm May 11: 7:52 pm May 18: 7:55 pm May 19, Eve of First day Shavuot: after 8:52 pm May 20, Eve of Second day Shavuot: after 8:53 pm May 25: 7:59 pm June 1: 8:03 pm June 8: 8:06 pm June 15: 8:08 pm June 22: 8:10 pm June 29: 8:11 pm July 6: 8:11 pm July 13: 8:09 pm July 20: 8:07 pm July 27: 8:04 pm August 3: 7:59 pm August 10: 7:54 pm August 17: 7:48 pm August 24: 7:41 pm August 31: 7:33 pm September 7: 7:26 pm September 9, Eve of First day Rosh Hashanah: 7:23 pm September 10, Eve of Second day Rosh Hashanah: after 8:15 pm September 14: 7:18 pm September 18, Eve of Yom Kippur: 7:13 pm September 21: 7:09 pm September 23, Eve of First day Sukkot: 7:07 pm September 24, Eve of Second day Sukkot: after 7:59 pm September 28: 7:01 pm September 30, Eve of Shemini Atzeret: 6:59 pm October 1, Eve of Simchat Torah: after 7:51 pm October 5: 6:54 pm October 12: 6:46 pm October 19: 6:39 pm October 26: 6:33 pm November 2: 6:28 pm November 9: 5:23 pm November 16: 5:20 pm November 23: 5:18 pm November 30: 5:17 pm December 7: 5:18 pm December 14: 5:20 pm December 21: 5:23 pm December 28: 5:27 pm 2018 Candle lighting times for the Sarasota-Manatee area: 2018 (5778/5779) Holidays Holidays start at sundown on the evening before the dates listed. Tu BShevat: January 31 (Wednesday) Purim: March 1 (Thursday) Passover (Pesach): March 31 (Saturday) Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah): April 12 (Thursday) Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): April 18 (Wednesday) Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): April 19 (Thursday) Lag BOmer: May 3 (Thursday) Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim): May 13 (Sunday) Shavuot: May 20 (Sunday) Tisha BAv: July 22 (Sunday) Rosh HaShanah 5779: September 10 (Monday) Yom Kippur: September 19 (Wednesday) Sukkot: September 24 (Monday) Shemini Atzeret: October 1 (Monday) Simchat Torah: October 2 (Tuesday) Hanukkah (Chanukah): December 3 (Monday)

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103 Index AIPAC Policy Conference 80 Alexander Muss High School in Israel Program 80 American Friends of Magen David Adom 49 American Israel Public Aairs Committee 49 American Jewish Committee 49 American Technion Society 49 Anti-Defamation League 49 Association of Professional Jewish Artists 49 Aviva 49 Babyccino 87 Balfour Declaration 52-54 BBYO 87 Brandeis National Committee Sarasota Chapter 49 Calendar of community events 88-100 Camp Gan at Temple Sinai 86 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Bradenton 86 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Sarasota 86 Camp Gan Israel, Chabad of Venice 86 Camp Grant programs 82 Candle lighting times 101 Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton 86 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 46 Chabad of Sarasota 46 Chabad of Sarasota Weinstein Religious School 86 Chabad of Venice & North Port 46 Chabad of Venice Hebrew School 86 Chabad of West Bradenton 46 Chevra Kadisha 50 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 46 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 47 Congregation Ner Tamid 47 Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico 49 CTeen: Chabad of Bradenton 87 CTeen: Chabad of Venice 87 e-newsletter 21 Education scholarships 79 Ethiopian Jewry 60 Federation 12-19 Films 22 Food festivals 32-33 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 79 Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai 87 Hadassah Greater Venice Chapter 50 Hadassah SaBra Chapter 50 Hebrew/Religious Schools 86 Heroes of Israel 76-77 Hershorin Schi Community Day School 86 Holocaust programming 34 Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch 51 Jewish Congregation of Venice 47 Jewish Family & Childrens Service 50 Jewish Federation 12-19 Jewish Federation Missions 59 Jewish Film Festival 22 Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL 50 Jewish holidays 101 Jewish National Fund 50 Jewish War Veterans Sarasota County Post #172 50 Kosher Consumers Council 50 Maagal Nashim (Womens Giving Circle) 19 March of the Living Mission 78 Miriam and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Internship 84 National Council of Jewish Women 50 Organizations 49-51 ORT America 50 Presidents of Israel 74 Prime Ministers of Israel 75 Sarasota Jewish Chorale 50 Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva 38, 50 Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council 50 Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association 51 Schools 86-87 Send-A-Kid-to-Israel (SKIP) Program 79 Shapiro Teen Engagement Pathways Initiative 78 Sister Cities Association of Sarasota 51 StandWithUs 51 State of Israel Bonds 51 STEP Fellowship 78 Susan Schwaid Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Ctr 86, 87 Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee 51 Synagogues 46-48 Teen Federation programs 78-80 Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch 48 Temple Beth El Bradenton Religious School 86 Temple Beth El North Port 48 Temple Beth Israel 48 Temple Beth Sholom 48 Temple Beth Sholom Youth Groups 87 Temple Emanu-El 48 Temple Emanu-El Religious School 86 Temple Emanu-El Youth Group 87 Temple Sinai 48 Temple Sinai Youth Groups 87 Temple Sinai Religious School 87 e Al Katz Center 51 e Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee 12-19 e Jewish News monthly newspaper 20 e PJ Library 82 Womens Giving Circle 19 Youth groups 87 Zionism 55 Zionist Organization of America 51

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104 Directory of Advertisers AJC 17 ALD Limo Services 26 Allegiant Private Advisors Inside Front Cover Dr. Julian Achim, Venice Psychology Clinic 24 American Friends of Leket Israel 18 Aprio Back Cover AVIVA 4 BookStore1Sarasota 22 Cat Depot 49 Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch 75 Chabad of Sarasota 83 Chabad of Venice & North Port 45, 52 Chevra Kadisha 48 Coastal Eye Institute 64 Congregation Aryeh Yehuda 48 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 65 Congregation Kol HaNeshama 38 Congregation Ner Tamid 33 Cynthia Henna 24 Feldman Wealth Advisory 27 FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers 24 Hadassah Florida Central Region 17 Hadassah SaBra Chapter 63 Hampton Inn & Suites / Homewood Suites 11 Hanan, Stacy, REALTOR 21 Hebrew Memorial Funeral Services 50 Hershorin Schi Community Day School 78 Hotel Indigo 28 Hyatt Regency 69 Ian Black Real Estate 39 Jewish Congregation of Venice 32, 53 Jewish Family & Childrens Service 59 Jewish National Fund 74 Lakehouse West 54 Mariash Lowther Wealth Management 43 Michaels On East 70 Mote Marine 40 National Council of Jewish Women 63 Oasis Caf 32 Paisanos Italian Bakery 32 Penny Hill Group 51 Poets Walk 3 Pines of Sarasota 60 Rudd International 22 Sarasota Magazine 15 Sarasota Foot Care Center 77 Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation 5 Tableseide Restaurant Group 2 Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care 37 Temple Beth Sholom 9 Temple Beth Israel 31 Temple Beth El Bradenton 43 Temple Emanu-El 41 Temple Sinai 23, 71 The Collier Group, REALTORS 61 The Family Jeweler 25 The Glenridge at Palmer Ranch 1 The Jazz Club of Sarasota 25 The Observer Group Back Inside Cover The Players Theatre 29 Toale Brothers Funeral Home 35 TooJays 33 Udell Associates 36 University Park Dermatology 30 Urology Treatment Center 6 USF Sarasota-Manatee 79 Venice Theatre 42 Verier, Andrea Quality Psychotherapy 58 DONT MISS OUT!Registering for The Jewish Federations weekly email newsletter means you wont miss out on important community information. Sign up at JFEDSRQ.orgor via email at

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