Temple Sinai Scholar-in-Residence; hunger walk; health fair

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Renowned Rabbi at Temple Sinai
for the weekend of researchers in residence

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, internationally known for his writings, teaching and activism, will join Temple Sinai for its annual scholar-in-residence weekend March 4-5. Rabbi Salkin will focus on the theme of healing after two years of pandemic.

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is senior rabbi at Temple Israel in West Palm Beach.

“Tikkun – reparation – has become a theme around the world, and especially in the Jewish world, largely because of the breakdown in our lives,” Rabbi Salkin said. “COVID has ravaged our bodies, our souls and our sense of community. No wonder we seek out opportunities to heal and repair ourselves and our communities.

Rabbi Salkin has appeared on television and radio and has spoken in more than 100 communities, including Israel, Britain, Cuba and Poland. He is senior rabbi at Temple 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 will also be streamed live or on Zoom. For a full schedule and to register, visit templesinai-sarasota.org/events.

Paul Binder Memorial Sarasota
Walk Against Hunger CROP March 6

The Paul Binder Memorial Sarasota CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for March 6 as part of an annual national interfaith movement in support of the fight against hunger.

Churches in 2,000 communities across the country are organizing CROP Hunger Walks, raising more than $14 million. St. Andrew UCC is hosting Sarasota and will coordinate with Trinity United Methodist Church and First Congregational UCC.

Participants, whose stages will be supported by sponsors, will meet at St. Andrew’s, 6908 Beneva Road, and ride 1 or 3 mile courses at Gulf Gate. For more information or to donate, visit events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/sarasotafl or sarasotaucc.org. Contact St. Andrew at 941-922-7595 or [email protected]

Locally, 25% of funds raised go to All Faiths Food Bank. The remaining 75% goes to Church World Service, which provides international aid such as agricultural education, seeds, tools and water supplies.

Sponsorship MCR Health
free Spring Health Fair

MCR Health will host a free Spring Health Fair on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.

The fair will offer health screenings, such as dental, vision, blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as free COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 home test kits (while supplies last) and over-the-counter medications. The event will feature live music, children’s entertainment, nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations.

MCR, a private, non-profit medical group, seeks to increase health awareness through a variety of screenings, nutrition-focused community presentations, and educational information. For more information, call Esperanza Gamboa, Director of Outreach and Eligibility, at 941-201-8851 or [email protected]

sun of darkness
appoints the executive director

Sunshine from Darkness, a nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders, has named Marlene Hauck as its first full-time executive director.

Marlene Hauck is Sunshine from Darkness' first full-time executive director.

Hauck, a longtime nonprofit professional, will oversee planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing and communications, and board engagement and relations. Hauck served on the Board of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare and transitioned to Director of Marketing and Development for First Step of Sarasota after the organizations merged in 2020.

Sunshine from Darkness raises money for mental health research and local charities in the Sarasota community. With Hauck, the organization will expand into year-round programming and outreach. For more information, visit sunshinefromdarkness.org.

SWFL Patriot Golf Day
Benefits Folds of Honor

The Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota, is hosting the third annual SWFL Patriot Golf Day on April 4 to benefit 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 includes a noon shotgun start; a cocktail at 4:30 p.m.; a veteran jump team led by Navy Seal Michael Barker; and dinner and speakers at 5:30 p.m.

Folds of Honor started four years ago with a small rally in Sarasota and has spread across the state, raising $2.5 million for education assistance for more than 500 families of fallen heroes. . For more information, visit swflorida.foldsofhonor.org.

Around and around…

the 15th Annual Buchan Airport Fly-in, featuring vintage, experimental, homemade and general aviation aircraft, is scheduled for March 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south side of Buchan Airport, 1390 Old Englewood Road, Englewood. Breakfast and lunch will be available. A portion of the proceeds is used to fund a student aviation scholarship. For more information, contact Dan Harrison at [email protected] or 941-474-1551.

• The Heritage Oaks Kids Backpack will raise funds for All Faiths Food Bank Backpack Program during his first FitWeek from March 5-15. The All Faiths program provides weekend food to schools throughout the year. The 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. Info: heritageoaksgcc.com.

• The American Association of University Women of Manatee County, who turns 69, will hold his scholarship luncheon on March 5 at the Palm Aire Country Club. The foundation supports women in Manatee County with financial need and academic excellence. Tickets are $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 free sit-down and take-out dinners on the first Monday of each month. The March 7 menu includes ham, mac and cheese, green beans, a bun and dessert. Visit GulfCoveChurch.com; email [email protected]; or call 941-697-1747 to reserve a meal.

Compiled from press releases and community submissions.

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