Olympic Gold Medal Winner Aly Raisman, “Chopped” Star Chef Einat Admony, Israel’s 70th Anniversary, and the Ninth Annual Jewish Film Festival scheduled for Federation’s 2017-2018 Season

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee announces a season filled with sport, cuisine, film and celebrations.


(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s (JFSM) 2017-2018 season includes an appearance by two-time Olympic gold medal winner Aly Raisman commemorating the organization’s 11th anniversary of Women’s Day; a “We Love Israel Shuk,” as part of the organization’s celebration of the 70thanniversary of the state of Israel; “Chopped” star Israeli chef Einat Admony, and the ninth annual Jewish Film Festival.

“Our 2017-2018 season will focus on celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel’s statehood,” says Howard Tevlowitz, JFSM’s executive director. “The public will have the opportunity to experience Israel here in the Sarasota-Manatee region through close encounters with music, food, film, lectures, art and more. With our partnerships with synagogues and other non-profits, we will expand the celebration to include as many people as possible.”

Aly Raisman is the two-time team captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics team (2012 and 2016). The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games and first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise, Raisman stole the hearts of millions during her silver medal performance in the all-around competition at the 2016 Games. Raisman is the second most decorated American gymnast of all time with six total Olympic medals—and one of two U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams in more than 15 years. Her appearance marks the 11th anniversary of Women’s Day, an annual event that provides an opportunity for women to come together around a theme to which they relate. Kate Alexander of Florida Studio Theatre will moderate the discussion with Raisman.  December 4 at Michael on East. Tickets are $80 (plus a minimum $100 gift to the Federation’s development efforts). The event’s chairs are Lauren Fineman and Emily Stroud. For more information, call Gisele Pintchuck, LIFE & LEGACY director,  at 941-706-0029.

The “We Love Israel Shuk” celebrates Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood with entertainment, activities for children, food trucks, opportunities to purchase products made in Israel, including jewelry and artwork, educational opportunities and more. January 14, noon-5 p.m., on the Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. The event’s chairs are Rosann Black and Melissa Howard. For more information, call Jessi Sheslow at 941-343-2109 or visit www.jfedsrq.org/israel70.

Two-time “Chopped” winner Israeli chef Einat Admony, owner of Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, and the Taim restaurants in New York City, will host a chef’s dinner featuring the best of Israeli cuisine. There will be two seatings to ensure as many as possible can attend this event. February 26 at Louie’s Modern, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $150 per person. The event’s chairs are Meredith Ernst and Adrea Sukin. For more information, call Jessi Sheslow at 941-343-2109 or visit www.jfedsrq.org/israel70.

The 2018 Jewish Film Festival: The ninth annual festival features outstanding films that explore, record, and celebrate Jewish life and experience—past and present. Each film is carefully chosen for its quality and diversity, and for its ability to excite, delight, enlighten, provoke, and/or move its viewers to tears or to laughter. March 8-18. Tickets start at $12. The feativals chairs are Fran Braverman and Evans Tilles.

For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.


About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in the Sarasota-Manatee community, provide for Jewish people in need, and to promote support for Israel. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.