Temple Sinai Scholar-in-Residence; hunger walk; health fair
Renowned Rabbi in Temple Sinai
for the Scholar-in-Residence weekend
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, internationally known for his writing, teaching and activism, will be attending Temple Sinai March 4-5 for his annual scholar-in-residence weekend. Rabbi Salkin will focus on the topic of healing after two years of the pandemic.
“Tikkun—repair—has become an issue in the world, and particularly in the Jewish world, largely as a result of the brokenness of our lives,” Rabbi Salkin said. “COVID has wreaked havoc on our bodies, our souls and our sense of community. No wonder we are looking for ways to heal and repair ourselves and our communities.”
Rabbi Salkin has appeared on television and radio and has spoken in more than a hundred communities including Israel, Britain, Cuba and Poland. He serves as chief rabbi at the Temple of Israel in West Palm Beach. The Scholar-in-Residence program at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road is sponsored by Mark and Laurie Criden, Alan and Fredda Chalfin, Michael and Barbara Pollack, Women of Sinai and Sinai Men’s Club. Presentations are also shown in live stream or zoom. For the full schedule and registration, see templesinai-sarasota.org/events.
Paul Binder Memorial Sarasota
CROP Hunger Walk March 6th
The Paul Binder Memorial Sarasota CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for March 6 as part of an annual nationwide interfaith movement in support of hunger relief efforts.
Churches in 2,000 communities across the country host CROP Hunger Walks, raising over $14 million. St. Andrew UCC is hosting in Sarasota and will coordinate with Trinity United Methodist Church and First Congregational UCC.
Participants whose steps are supported by sponsors meet at St. Andrew, 6908 Beneva Road and walk 1 or 3 mile distances at Gulf Gate. Information or donations can be found at events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/sarasotafl or sarasotaucc.org. Contact St. Andrew at 941-922-7595 or [email protected]
Locally, 25% of funds raised will go to All Faiths Food Bank. The other 75% goes to Church World Service, which provides international assistance such as farmer training, seeds, tools, and water supplies.
MCR health sponsorship
Free Spring Health Fair
MCR Health is hosting a free Spring Health Fair on March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.
The fair offers health screenings such as dental, vision, blood pressure and blood sugar tests, as well as free COVID-19 vaccines, at-home COVID-19 testing kits (while supplies last) and over-the-counter medicines. The event includes live music, children’s entertainment, nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations.
MCR, a private nonprofit medical group, seeks to increase health awareness through a variety of screenings, nutrition-focused community presentations, and educational information. For more information, contact Esperanza Gamboa, Director of Outreach and Eligibility, at 941-201-8851 or [email protected]
sunshine out of the dark
Sunshine from Darkness, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and addiction, has appointed Marlene Hauck as its first full-time CEO.
Hauck, a veteran nonprofit professional, will oversee planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing and communications, as well as engagement and board relations. Hauck served as a board member at Coastal Behavioral Healthcare and joined First Step of Sarasota as director of marketing and development following the merger of the organizations in 2020.
Sunshine from Darkness raises funds for mental health research and local charities in the Sarasota community. With Hauck, the organization expands to year-round programs and outreach. For information see sunshinefromdarkness.org.
SWFL Patriot Golf Day
Benefits Folds of Honor
Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota is hosting the third annual SWFL Patriot Golf Day on April 4th benefiting Folds of Honor and Families of Fallen Heroes.
Registration is open at bit.ly/3BPeMkF. To pay by check, contact Kelly Douglass at [email protected] or 847-420-1587. The event features a noon shotgun start; a cocktail ceremony at 4:30 p.m.; an experienced jump team led by Navy Seal Michael Barker; and dinner and speakers at 5:30 p.m
Folds of Honor began four years ago with a small gathering in Sarasota and has expanded statewide, raising $2.5 million for educational assistance to over 500 families of fallen heroes. For information see swflorida.foldsofhonor.org.
Back and forth …
the 15th Annual Buchan Airport Fly-in, featuring historic, experimental, homebuilt and general aviation aircraft, is scheduled on March 5 from 9am to 2pm at the south side of Buchan Airport, 1390 Old Englewood Road, Englewood. Breakfast and lunch are offered. A portion of the proceeds supports a student flight grant. For more information, contact Dan Harrison at [email protected] or 941-474-1551.
• The Heritage Oaks backpack kids will raise funds for The All Faiths Food Bank backpack program during his first FitWeek from March 5th to 15th. The All Faiths program provides school weekend meals throughout the year. Heritage Oaks’ partnership supports backpacks for Oak Park School, which serves students with disabilities and special needs. The Heritage Oaks Backpack Kids has donated over $345,000 to the program over the past 10 years. The information: Heritageoaksgcc.com.
• The American Association of University Women Manatee County, which is celebrating its 69th anniversary, will hold its scholarship luncheon on March 5th at the Palm Aire Country Club. The foundation supports Manatee County women with financial need and academic excellence. Tickets cost $45. Contact Pat Eggleston at 443-875-7406 or [email protected] for information or reservations.
• Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte, offers complimentary grab and go dinners on the first Monday of each month. The March 7th menu includes ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans, rolls and dessert. Visit GulfCoveChurch.com; email [email protected]; or call 941-697-1747 to reserve a meal.
Compiled from press releases and community submissions.