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PROGRAMS continued from page 10                  Senior Outreach Services                         lives of area families with Jewish books and   Emanu-El’s dynamic and innovative Rabbi
                                                 Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                   songs, and to help identify opportunities      Brenner Glickman. He will discuss today’s
                                                 (Temple Beth Israel)                             for involvement in our community. Free         “Different Streams of American Judaism.”
Congregation for HumanistiC                      Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (JFCS)          this year thanks to a donation from an area    Rabbi Glickman has impressive credentials
                                                 Homebound older adults can maintain              philanthropist. For more information, call
Judaism                                          their independence, increase their               Rosa Mandelblum (ext. 107).
                                                                                                                                                 as a Jewish scholar. Social hour to follow.
(Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota,                                                                                                              Cost: $2. Call Edie Jacobs (941.921.3131).
                                                 involvement with friends and community,
941.378.9978)                                                                                                                                    Tot Shabbat
It’s a Jungle Up There
                                                 and enhance their mental health through          temple emanu-el                                Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
                                                 education and social activities. Medicare        (151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota,
Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.                        assignment accepted. Transportation and                                                         A child/family-friendly Shabbat service.
Meg Lowman, Dir. of Environmental                                                                 941.371.2788)
                                                 lunch provided by JFCS. Call Pam Baron.                                                         Yizkor Service
Initiatives at New College, is recognized                                                         Bible Study
                                                 Women’s Leadership Council                                                                      Wednesday, May 23, 10:00 a.m.
worldwide for her canopy research and                                                             Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
                                                 Tuesday, June 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.                                                                 Public is welcome.
was recently appointed to the National                                                            Read and study the Bible with Biblical
                                                 WLC provides women networking and
Ecological Observatory Network. She will                                                          Scholar Dr. Ruth Simons. At each session,
speak on conservation biology, juggling
                                                 fellowship opportunities to develop                                                             temple sinai
                                                 leadership roles in the Jewish community         a section of the Bible is read, studied for
                                                                                                                                                 (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota,
career and family, and about environmental       and education regarding community needs          its content and discussed for its deeper
research over the next several decades. Free                                                                                                     941.924.1802)
                                                 and available programs and services. Call        meaning.
and open to the public.                                                                                                                          Shabbat Family Service
                                                 Andria Bilan.                                    For more information contact Dr. Simons
                                                                                                                                                 Friday, May 4, 5:15 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                 Enjoy a musical Shabbat experience with
                                                 ort ameriCa                                      Confirmation Services
                                                                                                                                                 the whole family. Wine and cheese served
                                                 Planning Conference and Potluck Supper           Friday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.
                                                 Thursday, May 3, 5:00 p.m.                                                                      from 5:15-6:00 p.m.; services to follow.
                                                                                                  Public is welcome.
                                                 (New Cascades Clubhouse,                                                                        Summer Camp at The Gan
                                                                                                  Prime Timers (0ver 60) Jewish Singles
                                                 7632 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota)                                                           Monday, Wednesday & Friday, June 11-
                                                 The Greater Sarasota Area Council of                                                            July 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
                                                                                                  Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
                                                 ORT America and the three local chapters                                                        For ages 2-5 years. Camp theme will be
                                                                                                  Judge Donna Berlin, veteran trial prosecutor
                                                 will plan functions for the upcoming year.                                                      “There’s Music All Around Us.” Campers
                                                 There will be focus groups and workshops         in Sarasota and Manatee counties, will
                                                                                                                                                 will enjoy days filled with water play, music,
                                                 including    a    presidents’   workshop,        speak about serious crimes, including those
                                                                                                                                                 movement, playground, cooking and
                                                 fundraising, membership, education and           committed against children, sexual crimes,
                                                                                                                                                 arts and crafts. Cost: $265/public, $240/
                Meg Lowman
                                                 programming. A potluck supper will be            homicides and domestic violence. Currently
                                                                                                                                                 Temple members. Call Bethany Leinweber
                                                 provided by the members. Ann Baum and            assigned to Family Court, Judge Berlin will
JewisH family & CHildren’s                       Robin DiSabatino are co-hosts. To RSVP,          offer an evening of interest and insight.
                                                                                                                                                 The Gan Preschool
                                                 contact Robin DiSabatino (941.685.5368).
serviCe                                                                                           Social hour to follow. Cost: $2. Call Edie
                                                                                                                                                 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(2688 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota,                                                                   Jacobs (941.921.3131).
                                                                                                                                                 Offering classes for ages 2-5 years old.
941.366.2224)                                    sarasota-manatee JewisH                          Prime Timers (0ver 60) Jewish Singles Club
                                                                                                                                                 Open registration closes this month; spaces
Bereavement Support Group                        federation                                       Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                 are limited. Contact Bethany Leinweber
Fridays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.                          (Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh        Featured speaker will be Temple
This group, for people at all stages of loss,    Rd., Sarasota, 941.371.4546)                                                                    The Gan Temple Tots
provides opportunities to hear how others        Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
deal with grief, share experiences, receive                                                                                                      Tuesdays (4-11 months), Thursdays
                                                 Various days, times
support and discover new ways to cope.                                                                                                           (12-24 months), 9:30-11:00 a.m.
                                                 The Mini-School, a project of The Hebrew
Call Dale Block.                                                                                                                                 Spend special time with your baby as you
                                                 University of Jerusalem, enables Jewish
Bereavement Support Group for Parents &          learners from all backgrounds to learn                                                          discover creative ways to enhance your
Grandparents                                     about Jewish traditions and culture in a                                                        child’s social, emotional and intellectual
The death of a child or grandchild is one of     challenging and inspiring course of study.                                                      development while sharing tips for
the deepest losses people may experience.        Classes, which begin in September, meet                                                         creating a Jewish home and celebrating
This monthly support group provides the          for two hours weekly, for 30 weeks per year,                                                    Jewish holidays. Cost: 10 sessions, $100/10
opportunity to receive support, discover         for two years. Graduate class opportunities                                                     sessions public, $90/10 sessions temple
ways to cope and hear how others deal with       are also available. For more information,                                                       members. Contact Bethany Leinweber
the loss of a child. Free. Call Dale Block for   call Rosa Mandelblum (ext. 107).                           Rabbi Brenner Glickman               (941.926.9462).
an appointment.                                  Parent Education Program
Caregiver Support Group                          Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. & Sundays, time TBA
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (JFCS)         Parents from all Jewish backgrounds are
Fridays, 1:15-3:00 p.m.                          invited to strengthen their understanding of
(St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Venice)            Judaism and gain the confidence to nurture                 THINKING OF SELLING
Caregivers participate in a weekly support
group to discuss concerns and gain
                                                 the Jewish identity of their family in a
                                                 warm, friendly environment. Classes begin
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Respite care for loved ones is provided          $100/person; tuition is subsidized through         Alan G. Loring, MBA Boston College, BS in Marketing University of VA with 25 years
during the session. Call Pam Baron.              a grant from the Avi Chai Foundation. For             of successful business ownership experience in Sarasota/Manatee counties.
Healthy Families, Healthy Children               more information, call Rosa Mandelblum
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (South County           (ext. 107).                                          I will ...
Resource Center)                                 PJ Library
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (JFCS)                                                                     • advise you about the best ways to maximize your business’s value
                                                 Families with children ages six months to
HFHC provides new or expectant parent            six years old are eligible to participate in         • help you maintain confidentiality throughout the sales process
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with group classes that can help them to         quality children’s book or CD each month             • handle the pressures and tough negotiations to get you the best results
learn new ways of handling relationship          for a year. This initiative aims to enrich the
and parenting issues successfully. HFHC
                                                                                                      • coordinate with attorneys, accountants, landlords, etc.
programming also includes individualized                                                              • help structure the sale of your business for
supportive care and referral services for
couples and families. Free. Call Carmen                                                                  mAximum success.
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Mentor/Tutor Volunteer Support Group              11am to 4pm daily                                   Let me properly price & market
Wednesday, May 16, 2:15-3:30 p.m.                 (except tuesdays)
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and tutor middle school students who                                                                  the best possibLe resuLts!
attend Safe Alternative to Out-of-School
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                                              Loeb’s influence. He taught me how to
                                              preach. It is one thing to learn homiletics
                                              in school – it is quite another thing to give
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                                              to his congregation. He doesn’t tell them
                                              what he thinks they want to hear. He
                                              tells them what he believes they need to
                                              hear. Rabbi Loeb always used to say that
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                                                                                              CHABAD OF BRADENTON (Traditional)
                                              day, Rabbi Loeb continues to be one of
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         By Rabbi Joel S. Mishkin             the most courageous of orators, speaking
                                                                                              Phone: 941.388.9656
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                                              and political ineptitude.                       Rabbi Mendy Bukiet
   I have never been a fan of Newsweek           There is another way in which Rabbi
magazine and the April 2 issue isn’t going    Loeb proved so influential to my                CHABAD OF SARASOTA-MANATEE (Traditional)
to change my mind. Why? The April 2           rabbinate. It had to do with the fostering
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issue tells the story of Michael Lynton,      of a relationship between a senior rabbi
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Gary Ginsberg and Jay Sanderson, three        and his/her assistant. Rabbi Loeb proved
                                              to be as close to a perfect senior rabbi        President: Barry Stein / Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz
Hollywood executives who decided to
                                              as one could hope for and I believe each
select the 50 most influential rabbis in
America.                                      one of his assistants would agree with that     CHABAD OF VENICE & NORTH PORT (Traditional)
   The fact that I was missing from the       appraisal. He taught us of the importance
                                                                                              2169 S. Tamiami Tr., Venice, FL 34293
crop, I promise, has nothing to do with       and the dignity of our calling. He taught
                                                                                              Phone: 941.493.2770
my complaint with Newsweek. No, what          us what a rabbi could accomplish through
                                              influence in a community and he also            Rabbi Sholom Schmerling
I found problematic was the criterion
                                              taught us the meaning of friendship.  
chosen by these three gentlemen for
their rankings. They rated the rabbis            This fact became obvious to me five          CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM
as influential if they were known             years ago when I returned to Baltimore
                                                                                              Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
internationally/nationally, if they have a    to participate in a ceremony honoring
                                                                                              Phone: 941.929.7771
media presence, if they are considered        Rabbi Loeb for 25 years of service to
                                                                                              Co-Presidents: Sim & Irv Lesser / Madrikha Betty Pelletz / Madrikh Martin Kotch
leaders within their communities along        his congregation. I was joined by all the
                                              assistants who had worked with Rabbi  
with the size of their constituency and
their political/social influence. Certainly   Loeb (a total of four) and who had come         JEWISH CENTER OF VENICE (Non-affiliated)
one could argue if any of these qualities     from across the country to be with him
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indicate the kind of influence that you       on that special day. His unique talent lay
                                                                                              Phone: 941.484.2022
or I might value. Perhaps other qualities     in the fact that each one of us always felt
                                                                                              President: Allen Shapiro / Rabbi Ann White
constitute “rabbinic influence.”              as if we had shared in a singularly special
                                              relationship with this man and the truth
   Let me clarify my point by telling you
about one rabbi whom I consider to have       was that we had. That is real influence.        TEMPLE BETH EL - Bradenton (Reform)
been influential during my lifetime. His         Next year, God-willing, I hope to join       2209 75th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209
name is Mark Loeb. He is the senior rabbi     Rabbi Loeb and my colleagues when he
                                                                                              Phone: 941.792.0870
of Beth El Congregation in Baltimore,         retires from his congregation and becomes
                                                                                              President: Neil Clark / Rabbi Larry Mahrer
Md., a congregation that I served as an       its second Rabbi Emeritus after more than
                                              30 years of service.                            E-mail:
assistant for seven years before making my
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              ‫חבורה אור חדש‬                                                                   President: Sam Cohen

                                                                                              TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL (Reform)
                                                                                              567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, FL 34228
       CHAVURAH OR CHADASH … a new light                                                      Phone: 941.383.3428
                                                                                              President: Charles Ackerman / Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat
          Join Sarasota’s new intimate Shabbat morning prayer
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                                                                                              President: Lisa Corin / Rabbi Joel Mishkin / Associate Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith /
      While Chavurah Or Chadash is not a full-service synagogue
                                                                                              Hazzan Diane Nathanson
     and does not currently offer b’nai mitzvah training or provide                 
     a religious school, we are energetically creating a small Jewish
     community of fellowship, education, family activities, support                           TEMPLE EMANU-EL (Reform)
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                                                                                              Phone: 941.371.2788
                                                                                              President: Renee Gold / Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman
            SHABBAT PRAYER AND STUDY SCHEDULE                                       
              Saturday May 12, May 19, June 9 and June 23                                     TEMPLE SINAI (Reform)
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                                                                                TEMPLE NEWS

            TBS opens scholarship fund                                                              CHJ presents award-winning
            for Jewish summer camping                                                             documentary to Sarasota schools
                                By Rabbi Joel Mishkin                                           The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presented a two-disc, special edition
                                                                                             educational version of the award-winning documentary, “Paper Clips,” to the media
   As many Jewish communities and communal organizations have learned, recent studies        center of the Sarasota County School District. The teachers of Sarasota County middle
demonstrate that one of the best ways to insure the continuity of the Jewish people is to    and high schools will now be able to show this to students at their discretion.
send our children to Jewish summer camps. It appears that the informal yet intensive            “Paper Clips” is the acclaimed documentary about the students in a Tennessee Middle
nature of this kind of community lends itself easily to conveying important practices and    School and, ultimately, residents of the town whose lives changed when they learned about
traditions in Judaism in a recreational and leisurely manner. Kids love going to summer      the Holocaust in a tangible way.
camps and, when the summer camp pushes Judaism, they begin to identify with and enjoy           Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against
Jewish tradition.                                                                            the Nazis, students at the middle school started collecting paper clips to help them visualize
   This is certainly the case when it comes to Camp Ramah, summer camps promoted             6 million Jews – the
by the Conservative Movement. While there are several Ramah camps throughout the             approximate number who
country, geographical proximity makes Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga. a most suitable fit        perished in the Holocaust.
for the Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) membership.                                                 When word of the project
   Therefore, TBS is thrilled to announce a new scholarship fund for children who wish to    spread, paper clips poured
go to Camp Ramah, called the Jack Salzman Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund. This fund             in from all over the
was established in memory of a wonderful young man named Jack Salzman who passed             world; 11 million are now
away last autumn, just shy of his 40th birthday.                                             enshrined in an authentic
   His loving sister, Natalie Salzman Dickter, recently wrote about her brother in the TBS   German railcar standing
newsletter: “When Jack passed away ... my family knew that there could be no better          in a memorial park created
tribute to his memory than the establishment of a fund in his name. Sending a child to       by the residents of the
camp to be immersed in Jewish traditions and culture would have made Jack exceedingly        small Tennessee town.
   The establishment of this fund is a very meaningful way to remember a dear young man
who died too young. I am both proud of and grateful to his family. To learn more about
                                                                  how to contribute to the
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                                                                               TEMPLE NEWS

                                 Congregation forms partnership with MAZON
  Temple Beth El, Bradenton’s board of          One of the guiding principles of MAZON         Neil Clark, president of Temple
directors has voted to join more than 800    is taken from Isaiah 58:10: “If you offer      Beth El, said, “The board of
synagogues nationwide in partnership with    your compassion to the hungry and satisfy      Temple Beth El resolves to partner
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.          the famished creature, then shall your light   with MAZON, and recommend
  MAZON, founded in 1985, is one of          shine in the darkness and your gloom shall     that organization be part of our
American Jewry’s principal vehicles for      be noonday.”                                   congregation’s social commitment
responding to the tragedy of hunger             “For the High Holidays, I will ask          and to make giving to MAZON a
worldwide. It is a granting organization,    [congregants] to contribute at least the       routine part of [our] congregational
which supplies funds to institutions which   cost of the food that they did not consume     life.”
work directly with the hungry. Through       because of their fast,” explained Rabbi           “We are delighted that Temple
MAZON, Jews support a vast network           Larry Mahrer. “For Pesach, I will ask          Beth El has joined MAZON as a
of food pantries, home-delivered meals       them to contribute the cost of having one      partner,” said MAZON executive
programs, food banks, advocacy groups        more person at their home Seder, or the        director H. Eric Schockman.
for the poor, multi-service organizations    cost of inviting one more person to our        “Support for MAZON gives
offering food, shelter and counseling,       congregational Seder.”                         modern meaning and life to the
and international relief and development        Members will also be encouraged to          ancient Jewish tradition of feeding
projects. MAZON headquarters are             donate if they are having a “simcha.”          the hungry and we welcome Temple
located in Los Angeles, Calif.                  “Tikkun olam, the repair of our world, is   Beth El’s active participation with
                                             a positive mitzvah which we do not have the    us.”
                                             right to ignore,” asserted Rabbi Mahrer.          Rabbi Mahrer added that
                                             “If my dollars can keep a child from going     Temple Beth El’s involvement
                                             to bed hungry, or help a child to get a good   with MAZON might, in the future,
                                             enough breakfast that (s)he will be awake      lead the synagogue to request of
                                             and eager at school, I will feel that I have   its members that they volunteer
                                             been of help.”                                 to work with agencies in Manatee
                                                                                            County that are directly involved in
                                                                                            feeding the hungry poor.
                                                                                               “This program is very new to             An Israeli girl who benefits from MAZON support

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                                                                                                        Saturday, May 12
                                                                                       Get out your party dress, straighten your lucky tie and shine up those dancing
                                                                                       shoes because it’s time for the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation’s Poker
                         Friday, May 4                                                 Madness Returns event. Takes place at Michael’s on East (1212 East Ave.
                                                                                       S., Sarasota) at 7:30 p.m. Highlights to include Vegas-style gambling, buffet
    Join Chavurah Ner Tamid and congregations across the nation as they                dinner, cocktails, cigar bar and dancing. Cost: $75/person; $100/person
    celebrate Shabbat Across America at the Lakeside South Clubhouse (3817             enters participant in Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. Grand prize for the
    40th Ave. W., Bradenton) at 6:00 p.m. A catered dinner will be served. Bring       poker tournament is an authentic slot machine; raffle grand prize is a Wii
    your Shabbat candlesticks. Cost: TBA. For reservations and information,            Nintendo system. This event is co-sponsored by IMPACT. “Ace of Hearts”
    call the Chavurah (941.755.1231).                                                  sponsor is The Better World Foundation for Children. “High Roller”
                                                                                       sponsor is Udell Associates. For further information, please call Denise
                                                                                       Cotler at the Federation (941.371.4546, ext. 106).

                        Sunday, May 6
                                                                                                           Sunday, May 13
    Join Chabad of Sarasota, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation and
    IMPACT for an all-ages Lag B’omer Celebration at Turtle Beach (south               Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota) presents Sundays at
    Siesta Key) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. On Lag B’omer, we celebrate outdoors               Sinai: An Afternoon of Chamber Music for Winds at 3:30 p.m. On Mother’s
    in the spirit of unity and brotherly love. The event will feature shawarma         Day, enjoy music performed by the four Principal Winds of the Florida
    and BBQ dinner, Jewish drum circle, Klezmer music, balloon sculpting               West Coast Symphony: Betsy Hudson Traba, Principal Flute, Adam De
    and a watermelon hunt. Cost: $5/person. To RSVP, call the Chabad office            Sorgo, Principal Oboe, Bharat Chandra, Principal Clarinet, and Fernando
    (941.925.0770).                                                                    Traba, Principal Bassoon. Cost: free/members; $10/public. Call Wendy
                                                                                       Good (941.924.1802).
    Chabad of Bradenton invites you to bring your family and friends for a
    spectacular Lag B’omer BBQ and Fun Day. Lively music, cotton candy,
    pie-eating contests, a moon bounce, arts and crafts, face painting and more
    are sure to make this an exciting day. Takes place at Summerfield Park in
    Lakewood Ranch at 12:00 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet
    (941.388.9656).                                                                                       Monday, May 14
                                                                                       Chabad of Bradenton invites the community to participate in Cheese, Wine
                                                                                       & Handwriting Analysis. Enjoy a couple’s night out with graphologist Dr.
                                                                                       Yehudah Rosenthal. (Graphology is the study and analysis of handwriting
                                                                                       – especially in relation to human psychology.) Sample wine and cheese in
                                                                                       honor of Shavuot. Takes place at the Chabad Jewish Center (6311 Atrium
                                                                                       Dr. #204, Bradenton) at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20/person, $36/couple; $5
                                                                                       discount to JWC members. This is a project of the Jewish Women’s Circle.
                         Friday, May 10                                                Call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet (941.388.9656).

    Women new to the Sarasota-Manatee area can participate in the Women’s
    Newcomer Breakfast from 10:00-11:30 a.m. It is an informal networking
    event featuring guest speakers, visitor introductions, breakfast and a
    surprise for all attendees. The event will be held at the Sarasota-Manatee
    Jewish Federation (580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota). Call Rosa Mandelblum
    (941.371.4546, ext. 107) or e-mail her at for more                            Wednesday, May 16
                                                                                       It’s time for the Greater Sarasota Area Council of ORT America Tribute
                                                                                       and Installation of Officers. This event takes place at the Palm Aire Country
                                                                                       Club (5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota) at 3:00 p.m. Six members of the
                                                                                       three ORT America chapters, as well as outgoing president Kim Sheintal,
                                                                                       will receive awards during the fashionable High Tea. Thelma Heit and
                                                                                       incoming ORT America president Robin DiSabatino are co-hosts; cost is
                                                                                       $25/person. Contact the local ORT office (941.927.6678).
                         Friday, May 11
    Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota) is proud to present
    its 2007 Confirmation of Temple Sinai Students during the Erev Shabbat
    Service at 7:30 p.m. Ten very special young men and women will lead
    the congregation in Erev Shabbat prayer. They will also discuss their
                                                                                            To submit your event to Jewish Happenings, e-mail
    feelings for their heritage and their Jewish education. Temple Sinai’s 2007
    Confirmands are: Ashley Abbott, Shelby Garber, David Goodless, Josh           Events must be submitted on a
    Levin, Noah Mallett, Sophie Mandel, Allison Milam, Shelly Montauck,                  Jewish Happenings form; e-mail to
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    Wendy Good (941.924.1802).

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                                                                        JEWISH HAPPENINGS
HAPPENINGS continued from page 15

                        Sunday, May 20                                                                    Wednesday, May 23
     Chabad of Sarasota’s N’shei Chabad Women invite area women to enjoy a                 Join Chabad of Bradenton for Shavuot Dairy Fest, a dairy buffet of dinner
     relaxing evening during its Pre-Summer Relaxation Women’s Event. Takes                and desserts. Hear the Ten Commandments, decorate your own sundae, and
     place at The Outer Image Spa (2813 Forest Lane, Sarasota) at 7:00 p.m. An             enjoy games and excitement for the whole family. Takes place at the home
     array of healthy snacks and fruits will enhance the evening. Sara Steinmetz           of Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet (11211 Beebalm Circle, Bradenton)
     will share a D’var Torah elaborating on the connection of the Shavuot                 at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public; RSVP requested by May 14. Call
     holiday to women. Cost: $5/N’shei members, $10/public. Call the Chabad                Rabbi Mendy Bukiet (941.388.9656).
     office (941.925. 0770) to RSVP.
                                                                                           This Shavuot, make your “sundae” on Wednesday! Chabad of Venice (2169
     The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida presents author                  S. Tamiami Tr., Venice) presents its Shavuot Ice Cream Party at 11:00 a.m.
     Jane Plitt as she discusses How to Find Your Home When You Don’t                      Enjoy a Shavuot ice cream party and light dairy buffet. Bring the whole
     Know Where You Live. This event takes place at the offices of the Sarasota            family to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. Free and open to
     Herald-Tribune (1741 Main St., Sarasota) at 1:00 p.m. Plitt will discuss              the public. Call Rabbi Sholom Schmerling (941.429.1190).
     how it’s possible to locate ancestors through creative research and a little
     luck, even if you haven’t a clue to their origins or real names. Her journey          Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beneva Rd., Sarasota) presents its Annual
     to Ukraine, Moldova and Romania will be highlighted. Free and open to                 Shavuot Ice Cream Party at 7:00 p.m. Shavuot celebrates receiving the
     the public; potluck lunch will be provided so RSVP is required. Call Kim              Torah at Mount Sinai. In addition to hearing the Ten Commandments,
     Sheintal (941.921.1433).                                                              the children will enjoy a lovely holiday program, which will include, songs,
                                                                                           games, races, the opportunity to see the Torah up close, and the highlight
                                                                                           of the event: the delicious ice cream that will be served. Call the Chabad
                                                                                            office (941.925.0770).

                       Tuesday, May 22
     Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota) presents Tikkun
     Leil Shavuot at 7:00 p.m. On Erev Shavuot, the Jewish mystics would                                   Thursday, May 24
     gather to study into the night to prepare themselves to symbolically receive
     the Torah the next morning – just as the Israelites did at the base of Mount          The SaraMana Chapter of ORT America presents its Installation of
     Sinai. Temple Sinai invites you to study, celebrate and eat dairy desserts            Officers at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall (8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.,
     together. Traditional Shavuot foods are dairy, as we remember God’s                   Lakewood Ranch) at 7:00 p.m. The new co-presidents will be Barbara
     promise to take us to “a land of milk and honey.” Free and open to the                Berliner and Sandy Livon. Contact Robin DiSabatino (941.685.5368) to
     public. Call Wendy Good (941.924.1802).                                               RSVP and for further information.

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                                                        Rick Recht rocks the house
  On March 27, the Kol Ehad community        in the audience were young families and       – Recht brought the teens and some of             donated to a charity chosen by the Kol
group presented rocker Rick Recht, who       teens who knew of Recht through his           the younger kids up onstage at various            Ehad committee.
provided an evening of Jewish rock ‘n’       involvement with Jewish summer camps.         times to sing along with him. During the            Kol Ehad encourages unity between
roll like this town has never seen before.      “What a great evening!” exclaimed          show, Recht enjoyed the interaction with          different youth group advisors and temple
His talent, his vision and his spirit were   parent Gerri Jo Manson. “We have heard        community members and had several                 representatives in order to bring as many
absolutely infectious as he performed his    about Rick Recht for years because of         local musicians – including Temple Beth           area Jewish youth together as possible.
radio-friendly rock tunes imbued with        Camp Coleman ... and as a parent, to see      Sholom’s Sid Krupkin, Young Ambassador            The committee’s goal is to plan and
Jewish themes.                               my kids onstage with him, having a blast      Nate Blaweiss and Noah Haberer, the son           provide several events every year so youth
  Approximately 230 came to the Beatrice     with their camp and NFTY friends, was         of Federation associate executive director        from different temples and youth groups
Friedman Theater of the Flanzer JCC/         like watching an ad for the Jewish camping    Marty Haberer – jam with his band.                can come together and get to know one
YMCA to hear Recht perform. Everyone         experience.”                                    This event was planned and implemented          other.
in the room – from small children to            Before the concert, teens enjoyed          by the Kol Ehad committee and community             The next event in the works is planned for
parents, from teenagers to grandparents      mixer games and a show by Camp Sigma          volunteers, led by the Sarasota-Manatee           December of 2007. For more information,
– was enraptured by his combination of       magician Elia Chesnoff. They met with         Jewish Federation, which underwrote the           call Eddie Fraiman at the Federation
Jewish values and human kindness. Many       the personable performer before the show      cost of the concert. All proceeds will be         (941.371.4546, ext. 104).

                                                                                                             Young Ambassador Nate Blaweiss and Sid Krupkin join Recht on guitars

                                                               Community Shaliach Eddie Fraiman (left)
                                                               and Paule Gordon with Recht
                                                                                                                                 Rick Recht with some Young Ambassadors

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                          N’shei Chabad Women’s                                                                                                               South County ‘Purim in the Shtetl’
                           jewelry making event                                                                                                              Chabad of Venice & North Port and the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation
                                                                                                                                                           celebrated Purim in a most unique way. Over 150 people enjoyed the holiday in a shtetl
                                                                                                                                                           setting. A wonderful buffet of food from “Tevya’s Tavern” included kasha varnishkas,
  Chabad of Sarasota’s jewelry making event, held on March 20 and chaired by Sheila                                                                        potato knishes, chicken, chopped liver, lokshen kugel, challah, salads and more. After
Fox, was a three-peat due to its popularity. Prior to the Passover holiday, which keeps                                                                    the reading of the Megillah, participants were invited to explore the shtetl. A variety of
women in every Jewish household busy with holiday preparation, the women enjoyed a                                                                         fun and exciting activities were offered: Sara’s Sewing Shop allowed adults and children
                                                            creative and relaxing time                                                                     to decorate yarmulkes and matryushkas (Russian nesting dolls); Yankel the Scribe gave
                                                            to create a bracelet or                                                                        people the opportunity to see how a Torah is written; and all enjoyed hamantaschen
                                                            necklace made of sterling                                                                      baking at Bellah’s Bake Shop. A beautiful variety of Judaic items were available for sale at
                                                            silver and semi-precious                                                                       Gavriel’s Art Gallery. The atmosphere was complete with lively Klezmer and shtetl music
                                                            stones for themselves or                                                                       from the “Klezmania on the Gulf” band. One of the highlights was taking “old-fashioned
                                                            as a gift. A D’var Torah by                                                                    photos” with the Shtetl backdrop. It was a wonderful event with a lot of meaning as
                                                            Sara Steinmetz, highlighting                                                                   everyone walked away with true Purim joy in their hearts.
                                                            the concept of jewelry in the
                                                            Torah, illuminated some
                                                            interesting facts. Thanks are                                                                                                              Rabbi Sholom Schmerling and the Rennard family
                                                            in order for Caroline Brown
                                                            and Jodi Bloom, who helped
                                                            to implement this event.

                                                                                                         N’shei president Jodi Bloom
                                                                                                         announces upcoming N’shei
                                                                                                         Women events

                        A musical Sunday at Sinai
  The Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus and HARMONY - The Women’s Voices of Sarasota
performed at Temple Sinai on March 18 as part of the synagogue’s popular Sundays at
Sinai program. The chorus, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary season, performed
their musical repertoire of the past 10 years, bringing back many favorites they have
performed at various Sarasota venues.
                                                                                                                                                               The Foreman family in shtetl style

                                                                                                                                                                     Ruach ‘n’ Roll Purim at TBS
                                                                                                                                                             The Temple Beth Sholom tradition of delivering a full-scale Purimspiel to accompany
                                                                                                                                                           the spirited reading of the Megillah every year proudly continues. This year, a five-song
                                                                                                                                                           medley of creatively re-worked rock and roll songs highlighted the talents of school
                                                                                                                                                           children, teachers and clergy alike. The songs, presented with introductory narration,
                                                                                                                                                           dialogue and vibrant music, alternated with a collection of well-prepared Torah readers
                                                                                                                                                           who brought the scroll alive.
                                                                                                                                                             Teachers from the Paver Religious School backed Sid Krupkin, the education director,
                                                                                                                                                           for a lively rendition of “Oh, Mordechai” to the tune of a Bobby Rydell classic. The
                                                                                                                                                           Motown classic “Dancin’ in the Street” became “Groggers in the Shul,” and the Frankie
                                                                                                                                                           Valli hit “Oh, What a Night” turned into “He Saw the Light” as it told the tale of King
                                                                                                                                                           Achashverosh’s eventual revelations.
                                                                                                                                                             The finale featured Hazzan Diane Nathanson and Krupkin in another triumphant duet,
                                                                                                                                                           this time to the strains of a Jewish history-infused “We Are the Champions!”
                                                                                                                                                             The audience for this delightful extravaganza included young and old, families and
     The Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus and HARMONY - The Women’s Voices of Sarasota live in concert                                                              couples, as the sounds of groggers and joyful music filled the air.

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                                                                                     MIAMI BEACH’S FIRST SYNAGOGUE                                                                                                                Rabbi Joel Mishkin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sid Krupkin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hazzan Diane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nathanson and
                                                                              Through September 23, 2007                                                                                                                          Rabbi Michelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goldsmith front
                      An International Art Exhibit in Tribute to our Elders and Maturity.                                                                                                                                         an impressive
                 Forty artists interpret their own joys and anxieties about the aging process.                                                                                                                                    entourage of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Purim revelers
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   West Coast Symphony a smash hit                                                                  ORT America hosts Tribute Event
          on Longboat Key                                                                          The Greater Sarasota Area Council of ORT America’s Annual Tribute was held
                                                                                                 March 11 at Michael’s on East. This year, Ann and Sumner Baum were honored for their
                                                                                                 commitment to ORT. Approximately 75 people attended this lovely dinner, chaired by
  On March 13, the parking lot of Temple Beth Israel was filled to overflowing and               Nancy and Howard Cobin.
seating was at a premium as the crowd gathered to hear the Wind Quintet of the Florida             At the event, Diamond Ladder contributors Patti and Richard Hershorin, Betty
West Coast Symphony Orchestra perform. The program was a mix of classical, popular               Schiff, Howard and Nancy Cobin, Betty Schoenbaum, and Ann and Sumner Baum were
and familiar music. The wind quintet consists of a flute, an oboe, a horn, a bassoon and a       recognized for their contributions. The Diamond Ladder is based on Maimonides’ eight
clarinet.                                                                                        levels of tzedakah. The eighth level, the highest form of tzedakah of which Maimonides
  Each musical selection was introduced by one of the musicians. Betsy Hudson Traba              speaks, is to strengthen the hand of the poor by extending a loan, joining in partnership or
spoke with the audience about how Anton Reicha had written the first selection for the           training the poor person out of poverty to help the poor establish themselves. A Diamond
quintet. Karen Birch, an oboist, playfully told the audience about “Fiddler on the Roof.”        Ladder pendant with eight rungs – notating annual giving levels of $5,000-$250,000 per
She spoke of how her father continually asked her if she would be playing “Sunrise,              year for at least three years – is awarded to contributors. Linda Kirschbaum, member
Sunset,” and “he’s an Episcopalian!” she mused. Although there wasn’t a fiddle in sight,         of the ORT America Interim Board and
the selections that the quintet played were a marvelous revisit to this particular show.         chair of the World ORT fundraising
Maria Harrold, the horn player, spoke about Verdi’s aria, and Fernando Traba, the                standing committee, enlightened the crowd
bassoonist and husband of the flautist, explained the arrangements of the beautiful tango        with ORT’s latest achievements and new
music that was performed. Clarinetist Bharat Chandra spoke about the music from the              projects in Israel, South America and
“Gay 90s” (that’s the l890s, not 1990s) and encouraged the audience to sing along, which         the former Soviet Union. ORT America,
they did.                                                                                        the largest contributor to World ORT,
  The crowd was very receptive to the music and was eager to speak with the musicians            supports a global network of schools and
afterward at the “coffee and” portion. This was the second in a series of three free             training programs in 56 countries. For more
“Dazzling Nights” presentations held at the Temple. The final presentation was held on           information, visit or call the
March 27, featuring soprano Irene Herman.                                                        local ORT America office (941.927.6678).

                                                                                                                   Diamond Ladder contributors
                                                                                                       Patti and Richard Hershorin, Betty Schiff,
                                                                                                   Howard and Nancy Cobin, Betty Schoenbaum,
                                                    The Wind Quintet performers are (back row)                      and Ann and Sumner Baum
                                                    Betty Hudson Traba, Fernando Traba and
                                                    Maria Harrold; (front) Barat Chandra and

                                                                                                      Seniors celebrate Purim with the
                                                    Karen Birch

                                                                                                           help of GFA students
                                                                                                   On March 7, Senior Outreach Services (SOS) at Jewish Family and Children’s Services
                                                                                                 (JFCS) celebrated Purim with a special luncheon. The seniors were the welcome recipients
 (From l-r) Ann Stephenson Moe, who serves as
                                                                                                 of a Purim program presented by the students of Temple Beth Sholom’s Goldie Feldman
        the music director at Temple Beth Israel,
                                and Richard Olin                                                 Academy, led by teachers Shelley Simson and Linda Schwartz. The fourth graders dressed
                                                                                                 in costumes to portray Queen Esther, King Achashverosh, Mordechai and the notorious
                                                                                                 Haman as they put on a
                                                                                                 play recreating the story
                                                                                                 of Purim. The seniors
                                                                                                 enthusiastically shouted
                                                                                                 and sounded groggers at
                                                                                                 each mention of Haman’s
                                                                                                 name.     The     program
                                                    (From l-r) Cy and Doreen Rouse with Temple   concluded with the students
                                                    president Charles Ackerman                   and seniors enjoying tasty
                                                                                                 hamantashen together.

                                                                                                 (From l-r) Benjamin Edelman,
                                                                                                                 Starr Mandel,
                                                                                                              Charlotte Brown,
                                                                                                  Oliver Varah and Jimmy Kahl

        (From l-r) Marge and Marty Heller,
   Michael and Bonnie Chisling, Elaine and
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                   ‘Purim Pandemonium’ at                                                                          Celebrating ‘Purim in Peking’
                      Temple Emanu-El                                                                       Nearly 200 people helped celebrate Chabad of Bradenton’s third annual Purim festival,
                                                                                                         with a Chinese twist. Oriental music, savory Chinese food, eye-catching Chinese décor,
                                                                                                         and a Chinese masquerade helped “transport” guests to the bustling Chinese streets.
   On March 4, Temple Emanu-El and its Religious School celebrated Purim in grand                           This event was sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation.
style. The program began with a lively Megillah reading by Rabbi Brenner Glickman and                       The program gave participants the chance to fulfill the four commandments of Purim:
his court jesters. “Purim Pandemonium,” a hilarious Purim Spiel, was masterfully delivered               listen to the Megillah; give charity; exchange food gifts; and savor a scrumptious Purim
by the students of the 4-7th grades. After a creative display of all costumed participants,              feast. This year’s delicacies included chicken teriyaki, vegetable lo mein and fortune
the program concluded in the school building and on the grounds. The carnival boasted                    cookies, all in keeping with the Chinese theme. An added highlight to this year’s Megillah
more than a dozen booths, a silent auction, a raffle, pony rides and a variety of delectable             reading was the “magic carpet,” made of bubble wrap. Whenever the children heard
edibles. More than 100 people participated in the festivities. All went home tired but                   Haman’s name, they stomped on the carpet, creating a raucous popping noise similar to
happy.                                                                                                   the sounds of a spinning grogger.
                                                                                                            Rabbi Mendy Bukiet and Cantor Steve Shapiro performed a hilarious comedy skit, with
                                                                                                         guests accompanying them during a comedy sing-along. Children played with Chinese
                                                                                                         yo-yos and decorated food gift baskets made out of Chinese-food takeout boxes. Barbara
                                                                                                         Schur won the split-the-pot raffle.
     Kids in the story of Purim included                                                                    One participant commented, “This year’s Purim festival was by far the best we’ve had,”
     (back, from l-r) Justin Wagner and                                                                  conveying the overall enjoyment of the occasion.
      Daniel Greenwald; (front, from l-r)
        Amanda Ludinsky, Colin Diener
                      and Bailey Warren

                                                                                                                                                             Jenni Smitman and her brother,
                                                                                                                                                             Joey, enjoy the festivities

                                                                     (From l-r) Bruce Silverberg,
                                                                     Neil Warren and Larry Rifkin,
                                                                     the Brotherhood president,
                                                                     manning the grill at the carnival

                                                                                                                       Cantor Steve Shapiro and
                                                                                                                   Rabbi Mendy Bukiet entertain
                                                                                                                   attendees with a comedic skit
                                                                                                                                    about Purim

          Children from the community
                      enjoy pony rides                                                                               SaBra Chapter of Hadassah
                                                                                                                       holds Donor Luncheon
                                                                                                           A record number of members of the SaBra Chapter of Hadassah attended its recent
                                                                                                         Donor Luncheon on March 8 at Michael’s on East. Every one of the more than 135 women
                               Celebrating Jewish Unity
                                                                                                         present had a substantial role in the chapter’s accomplishment of not just meeting its quota
                                                                                                         but surpassing it by a significant percentage – and all of this accomplished despite the
                                     You’re Invited To Chabad, IMPACT
                                                                                                         closing of the SaBra Hadassah Resale Shop at the end of December. SaBra president Janet
                                     & the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation’s                          Mamane reported on Hadassah’s recent outstanding accomplishments. Entertainment was
                                                                                                         provided by the Weinberg Duo, which performed a delightful and varied musical program.
                                                                                                         The festive event, which marked Hadassah’s 95th anniversary and the SaBra Chapter’s

      LAG B’OMER
                                                                                                         “Sweet 16” birthday, was ably chaired by Jackie Tucker and her innovative committee.

                      Family Cookout At Turtle Beach

               •    Shawarma and BBQ Dinner by: Marty Bloom
               •    International Jewish Drum Circle
               •    Balloon Sculptures by: Stevie Dee
               •    Klezmer Music                                                                                                                   (From l-r) Barbara Schur, Nancy Mizrahi, Natalie Apple,
               •    Watermelon Hunt                                                                                                                     Harriet Polejes and donor chair Jackie Tucker

               •    Beach Games
      bring your
      own drum               Date: Sunday, May 6
        to join
       the music            Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
                                 Cost: $5 per person
                            At: Turtle Beach (gazebo)
                                                                                                           Janet Mamane, SaBra president
                                        RSVP: 925-0770

     This event is sponsored by Chabad of Sarasota, IMPACT & Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation.              Cheryl Brilliant, winter resident chair and
                                  For more information call 925-0770                                       Nancy Mizrahi, fundraising co-vice president
May 2007                                                                   SaraSota-Manatee JewiSh newS                                                                                       21

                                                                               COMMUNITY FOCUS

    Temple Sinai’s Gangsta’ Megillah                                                                     Personal Passover experience
  What a fun evening for young and old alike! Temple Sinai’s Purim Spiel this year had a          The Jewish Women’s Circle of Chabad of Bradenton held a pre-Passover celebration at
Brooklyn gangsta’ twist and starred: Hazzan Cliff Abramson as Don Antonio Ahashuveiro,          the home of Stacey Gordon on March 22. Women had a chance to socialize, taste some
Mafia boss of the Wise Guys of Shushan Avenue in Brooklyn; Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting              desserts and get in the Passover spirit with Seder plate decorating. While women painted
as Haman Donahue, famous gangland attorney and not-so-trusted advisor to Don                    away, Chanie Bukiet shared some insights into the deeper meanings of the items found on
Antonio; Helen Margolis as Gina Vashti, retired exotic dancer from Patterson, N.J. and          the Seder plate. It was interesting to see how each Seder plate was so unique, vibrant and
girlfriend of Don Antonio;                                                                      interesting. The plates are sure to grace many Seder tables this Passover.
Joe Margolis as Mordechai
Cohen, local kosher butcher;
Deb Bryan as Esther Cohen,
butcher shop cashier and
cousin of Mordechai; Jerry
Kaye, Richard Greenspan,
and Arnold Spitalny as the
Wise Guys, trusted business
associates of Don Antonio;
and Bob Baseman as the
     Hazzan Cliff Abramson and
       Helen Margolis enter the
          sanctuary in costume

             Kaplan Preschool Auction
                                                                                                            The Jewish Women’s Circle participants display their painted Seder plates

                & Dinner a big hit                                                                         Chabad’s Kaplan Preschool
                                                                                                               celebrates Purim
   The evening of March 13 marked a momentous
event for Chabad of Sarasota’s Samuel and
Sarah Kaplan Preschool as more than 60 people
participated in the 7th annual preschool dinner and
                                                                                                  The Purim holiday was exciting for the Chabad of Sarasota’s Kaplan preschoolers. The
auction, themed “10 Little Fingers, 10 Little Toes,
                                                                                                children enjoyed the opportunity to dress up as the main Purim characters. This family
10 Terrific Years.” Celebrating 10 years of service
                                                                                                event, which included a Purim carnival and the making of hamantashen, allowed parents
to the community, the synagogue invited alumni
                                                                                                to share a nice morning with their children. The following day, children came to school in
students ages 9 and older to participate. In addition,
                                                                                                costume and enjoyed a masquerade and Purim parade.
many alumni parents and past teachers participated.
The fundraiser included a dinner and auction, which
included student artwork as well as donations of
goods and services. The funds raised, $1,350, will be
allocated towards the installment of a new security
system at the front of the building. The food catered
by preschool director Sara Steinmetz and preschool
parents was delightful. Event participants were
enchanted as former teacher, Linda Scarritt, asked
the alumni students to share their favorite preschool                                                                                                                         Maya Avi-Isaac
memories. Congratulations are in order for the                                                                                                                                and Shmuli
                                                                                                                                                                              Steinmetz dressed
preschool staff, which spurred much creativity from                                                                                                                           for the Purim
the children. Many thanks to the event volunteers:                                                                                                                            masquerade
Rosanna Fagin, Tseza Wieand, Cherie Hartle,               Preschool alumnus Julianne Simson
Evelyne Stupp, Mindy Bloom, Yael Avi-Isaac, Paula           recalls vivid preschool memories
Siegel, Niki Villa, Linda Scarritt, Rochelle Mizrahi,
Wendy Pile and Barbara Weil.

 Chabad’s Weinstein Religious School
   celebrates Purim and Passover                                                                                                                      How about having
  The Morris & Paecia Weinstein Religious School of Chabad of Sarasota prides itself                                                                   a DATE NIGHT
on its ability to intertwine serious learning with lots of fun. Its Purim event included
lots of fun activities including: guess the actual price of the Shalach Monos; pop Haman
(balloon); and hit Haman with a wet sponge. Making hamantashen and decorating and
                                                                                                                                                        on Sunday?
packing a Shalach Monos (gifts of food) package to share with a friend were enjoyable
activities. For Passover, the religious school hosted a model Seder for families. Each class                                                              We provide the snacks,
made contributions and a special presentation, which enhanced the Seder. It was a lovely
and educational event. Registration for the 2007-08 school year is now open – parents                                                                     teachers, curriculum and
of prospective students are encouraged to schedule a visit. Please call the Chabad office                                                                      babysitters ...

                                                                                                                                                         You bring your desire to
                                                                         During the Purim
                                                                                                                                                     strengthen your understanding
                                                                         event, the Weinstein
                                                                         Religious School
                                                                                                                                                        of Judaism for the benefit
                                                                         teachers dress up as
                                                                         Purim characters:
                                                                                                                                                             of your family.
                                                                         Morah Sharon Feins,
                                                                         Morah Leah (Linda)
                                                                         Weinstein, Morah                                                                   Please contact
                                                                         Shoshana (Caroline
                                                                         Brown) and Moreh                                                                 Rosa Mandelblum:
                                                                         Avraham (Arthur)
                                                                         Siegel                                                                       941.371.4546, ext. 107

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