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How Hurricane Ian Tested Us

Whether it’s a security threat, antisemitic vandalism or a natural disaster, emergencies are frightening, disorienting and isolating. They test the strength of a community.

You may not think of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as an emergency response organization, but while Hurr…

Remembering the Holocaust on Our New Campus

Never during our lifetimes has it been more urgent to share the lessons of the Holocaust. The American values of moderation and tolerance are straining as weaponized partisanship and social media echo chambers starve American society of broadly shared, trusted information and leaders.

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Learning to Celebrate the "Oys and Joys" of Life

Oys but mostly Joys by Megan Meese Life is full of “oys and joys.” Every day consists of both bad and good moments. On the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors (BMYA) trip to Israel, before going to bed each night, each of us shared our “oys and joys” from the day. This nightly practice enha…

Stay Safe from Post-Disaster Scams

Recovery efforts after a hurricane bring out the best in humanity.  Unfortunately, fraudsters also use this time of vulnerability to further victimize the unsuspecting.  Below are some common post-disaster scams, red flags, and how you can avoid becoming a victim.

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Holocaust Memorial Garden: A Place to Learn, Reflect, Grow

The heavy equipment I can see from my office window is moving us toward the much  anticipated opening of our Larry & Mary Greenspon Campus for Jewish Life. The campus will be an oasis of learning, celebration, remembrance, and respectful exchange, where all are safe emotionally, culturally …