The Jewish News

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee publishes The Jewish News - Sarasota-Manatee's only Jewish newspaper - each month. In addition to its 10,000 subscribers, the newspaper can be found in more than a dozen of the temples and synagogues in Sarasota, as well as the Jewish Federation's partner agencies, the lobbies of the public libraries, and newsracks located throughout Sarasota and surrounding areas. Click HERE to learn more/subscribe.

Early Learning Center & VPK Contact

Elaine Sharrock Preschool Director

If you have questions about the Temple Emanu-El Preschool & VPK program, please contact our Director, Elaine Sharrock, at (941) 377-8074 or email.


Helpful Links for Parents

U.S. Department of Education


Our Mission

Temple Emanu-El seeks to be a welcoming, diverse Jewish community that promotes spiritual growth, lifelong learning, charity, social justice, a connection to Israel and world Jewry, and the feeling of being part of a warm, inclusive family.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah History & Resources

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Click HERE to read the history of how this time-treasured observance came about and find other resources helpful to families about to embark on the b'nai mitzvah journey.

Religious School Contact


If you have questions about the Temple Emanu-El Religious School, please contact our Director of Education at the Religious School, Sabrina Silverberg, at (941) 378-5567 or email

Life Cycle Events

Judaism includes a wide variety of life cycle events, including weddings, birth rituals, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, conversation and rituals for death and mourning. Click HERE for an overview of Jewish life cycle events, and the rich meaning of each.

Celebrate Shabbat at Home

If you are not able to make it to services on Shabbat, these easy and family-friendly instructions will help you to lead a warm and meaningful Shabbat observance at home. Click HERE for a downloadable PDF.

Bulletin Submission Info

To submit materials for publication in the Temple Emanu-El Bulletin, please send as attachments to Articles must be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx); photos should be sent as high-resolution jpegs. All submissions must be received by the fifth of the month prior to publication to be considered. 

Benefits of Temple Membership

  • A diverse selection of social, educational and community service programs throughout the year.
  • A place to worship for the High Holidays.
  • Complimentary membership to Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the first year of your new membership.
  • Invitations to the annual New Member Dinner and New Member Wine & Cheese Reception.
  • Rabbinical services for life cycle events and hospital stays.
  • Receipt of Temple news and mailings, including the monthly Bulletin, weekly emails and event invitations.
  • The good feeling of supporting a temple and future generations of Jewish life.
  • And the most wonderful benefit of all: our congregants - your new extended family.


 For more information, please contact our Membership Chair, Kim Sheintal or email Kim.



Our Rabbis


Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman

Rabbi Michael Shefrin


Contact Us

Temple Emanu-El Office
Phone: 941-371-2788
Fax: 941-371-1130
Email: Click here.

Religious School
Phone: 941-378-5567

Early Learning Center
Phone: 941-377-8074

Brotherhood Contact


President, Barry Gerber

To learn more about Brotherhood or to join contact Barry by email.  Click here.



Mishpucha Contact

Please contact Anne Steinbach at (941) 928-2865 or, or Annette Fuchs at (941) 780-8552, or Once your Mishpucha application is completed, we'll help you make your Mishpucha match!

Early Learning Center Contact

Elaine Sharrock Preschool Director

To learn more about Temple Emanu-El's Early Learning Center, contact the ELC Director Elaine Sharrock by calling (941) 377-8074 or emailing

Caring Committee Contact

For more information about our Caring Committee, please contact Committee Chair, Susan Bernstein by email.

Havurah Contact

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For more information about our Havurah program, please contact our Havurah Chair Judy Thibault at (941) 921-3317.

Opher Library Contact

For more information about our Opher Library, please contact our Library Chair Eleanor Wachs by clicking here

Adult Education Contact


For more information on any of our wonderful Adult Education programs, please contact our Adult Education Chair, Dan Barwick by clicking here.

Our President


You may contact Toby Halpern, President of the Board of Trustees, by email.

Tot Shabbat Contact

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If you have any questions about our Tot Shabbat program, please contact our Tot Shabbat Chair, Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, at

Gift Shop Contact

Volunteers are always needed to help stock and staff the shop. Please contact Alice Cotman via email or call her at (941) 359-6451.

Sisterhood Contact


Ethel Gross (left) and Linda Weiss, Co-Presidents


To learn more about the Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, contact our Sisterhood Co-Presidents Ethel Gross by email here, or Linda Weiss by email here.

PJ Library

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The mission of PJ Library is to deliver Jewish children's books to families raising Jewish children ages 6 months to 8 years old. There is no cost for PJ Library; participants are asked to help spread the message of PJ Library to friends and family. Sign up for free books at the PJ Library website.

What is Reform Judaism?

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. Click HERE to read "What is Reform Judaism" on the Union for Reform Judaism website.

Youth Group Contact


If you have questions about the Temple Emanu-El Youth Group, please contact TEERS by email.

Helpful Interfaith Resources

Intermarried? Reform Judaism Welcomes You

Yours, mine, ours: Every couple begins with two individuals from different backgrounds. Interfaith couples and their families also face the special challenges posed by different religious traditions and sometimes cultures. This pamphlet answers some basic questions and suggests some additional resources.

Glossary of Words and Terms for Jewish Living
Judaism is more than just a religion: it's a culture, a language, a way of life. And, integrated fully into these Jewish traditions are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings are universal throughout the Jewish community. This glossary introduces some of the more common sayings appropriate for lifestyle and holiday events.

Becoming a Jew
A pamphlet that answers basic questions about conversion in an easily accessible question and answer format.

Recommended Reading for Interfaith Families

Dealing with interfaith issues can be difficult at times. And, finding relevant information and resources to help you through the matter can also be a challenge. The following list of resources may help you to begin the journey for answers.

Social Action Contact




For more information about our Social Action Committee, contact Committee Chair Barbara Gerber by clicking here.

Social Action Hot Topics

Are you curious to see what the "hot topics" are now in Reform Judaism? Click HERE to read about social action work taking place around the globe!

Share Your Story

You can:

• Tell a story about someone who encouraged you to live a Jewish life;
• Share an experience that made you more aware of your Jewishness;
• Relate a moment that fuels your desire to live a Jewish life today.

In case you’re wondering where to begin, here are a few questions to help you get started:

• When have you felt proud of being Jewish?
• Have you ever felt scared or ashamed of being Jewish?
• Has anyone inspired you to be Jewish?

If you’d like to share your story, send it to temple member Bruce Black, and he will review your draft and help you revise it so that you can share your story with members of our community. Contact Bruce for more information or for a list of questions to serve as writing prompts that can help you get started. You can reach him via email.

Why Join Us?

  • Diverse selection of programs throughout the year.
  • A place to worship for the High Holidays.
  • Complimentary membership to Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the first year of your new membership.
  • Invitations to new member events.
  • Rabbinical services for life cycle events and hospital stays.
  • Receipt of Temple news and mailings
  • The good feeling of supporting a temple and future generations of Jewish life.
  • And the most wonderful benefit of all: our congregants - your new extended family.