In-person events

all events begin at 7:00 pm

November 16

  • Violins and Hope

    The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast are proud to present “Violins and Hope,” a unique event marrying photography, storytelling and the performing arts, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East St., Sarasota.

    “Violins and Hope” will feature author Daniel Levin, virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi, and pianist phenom Mat...

December 14

  • Blood, Sweat, and My Rock 'n' Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?

    On paper Steve Katz’s career rivals anyone’s except the 1960s’ and ’70s' biggest stars: the Monterey Pop Festival with the legendary Blues Project, Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears, even producing Lou Reed ... But his memoir is more than the standard party-with-your-pants-down rock n roll book. It’s an honest and personal account of a life at the edge of the spotlight.

January 12

  • Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

    In an attempt to understand the arc of American diplomatic influence in the Middle East, author Martin Indyk—a former United States ambassador to Israel and special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2013—returns to the origins of American-led peace efforts and to the man who created the Middle East peace process—Henry Kissinger.

February 15

  • The Thread Collectors

    By Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman. It's 1863, and in a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee. Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in the Union Army. As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the Civil War, their paths converge.

Virtual events

all events begin at 7:00 pm

December 6

  • Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy

    In her deeply engaging, astonishingly candid memoir, author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin exposes the fiercely-guarded lies and intricate cover-ups woven by dozens of members of her extended family.

December 12

January 3

  • Woman on Fire: A Novel by Lisa Barr

    Lisa Barr's Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history. It is a thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice.

January 17

  • The Nine

    The true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters who escaped a German forced labor camp and crossed the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.

January 24

  • The Last Rose of Shanghai: A Novel

    Ernest is a Jewish refugee driven out of Germany. He crosses paths with Aiyi, who hires him to play piano at her club. Her defiance of custom causes a sensation. His instant fame makes Aiyi's club the hottest spot in Shanghai.

January 31

  • Wiesenthal

    On the day of his retirement, Simon Wiesenthal invites a group of students into his office, where the famed “Nazi Hunter” recounts how he tracked down history’s most notorious killers -- and warns that the human savage still lurks below our thin veil of civilization.

February 6

  • My Life in Dog Years: A Memoir

    Comedy legend Rita Rudner details a career spanning more than 50 years that has included dancing, singing, acting, creating award-winning TV specials, novels, TV and more. If you haven’t seen Rita's stand-up act live in a theater, reading this book is the next best thing.

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in cooperation with




Lori & David Liner



Marsha Eisenberg



Phil Rosenbaum & Barbara Kaufman



Lisa & Bill Libman


Roberta & Carl Sheffer


Jack & Adrea Sukin


Debbie Yonker


The Federation would especially like to thank the donors of the King David and King Solomon Societies who make programs like this one possible as well as the ongoing mission work of the organization.




Esther & Robert Heller


Marilyn & Ivan Kushen


Michelle & Jonathan Mitchell



Drs. Joel Morganroth and Gail Morrison Morganroth


Geri and Ronald Yonover





Howard Berman & Sharon Sexter


Sondra & Gerald Biller


Edie & David Chaiftez


Howard Cohodas


Adrienne Driben


Leon R. & Margaret M. Ellin


Toby Etkin


Jill & Scott Levine


Mike Ritter


Nancy Wolk


Lori & David Liner


Sylvia & Norman Samet


Bunny & Mort z”l Skirboll


Hadassah & Martin z”l Strobel


Lois Stulberg


Marsha Eisenberg


Bruce and Janet Udell


Ann & Robert Jackson