Religion Almanac: Aug. 17, 2013

August 17, 2013 

Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. E-mail announcements to

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Northminster Sunday Service: Hear Pastor Christopher Carlson's sermons and take part in the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Carlson's recent sermons are online at Bible Study will resume at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 20 in Fellowship Hall. Artists meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowhip Hall. Bring lunch if you wish and supplies or we can help you out with some. Choir rehearsals start Aug. 29.

Rhythm and Jews and a BBQ: The popular Rhythm and Jews Service with the Bruno Trio and Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson on guitar returns at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Temple Sinai. Includes a special Welcome Home to our campers and Israel travelers. Shabbat white attire is suggested. The service is followed by BBQ supper with dogs, burgers, chicken and a veggie option and all the customary sides. Cost is $16 per person, or families for $25. Call 941-924-1802 to RSVP by Aug. 19. Temple Sinai is at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Go to

Temple Emanu-El Bradenton/East Manatee Jewish gathering: For the seventh year in a row, Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a free gathering for Jewish and interfaith families in Bradenton and East Manatee starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Summerfield Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., between University Parkway and State Road 70. Attendees will enjoy socializing, balloon animals crafted by Temple EmanuEl Rabbi Brenner Glickman, face-painting, and time on the ballfields, playground equipment and under the shaded pavilion. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase fresh pizza; cold soda, juice and water will be provided free. The ice cream truck will also pay a visit with free treats for all. The evening will conclude with a havdalah service, which marks the separation between the Sabbath and the week ahead as the sun sets over the park. The gathering is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Call Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941-379-1997 or e-mail

Quilting program: Chabad Hebrew School presents the Jewish Heritage Series and Holiday Quilting program at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road. CHS will present four different Heritage Series throughout the year: the Shofar factory, the Olive Oil factory, the Matzah bakery, and the Sofer factory. Each segment of the Jewish Heritage Series provides a hands-on experience for children, enabling them to learn about various cultural themes and Judaic items in an interactive and exciting setting. Admission is $10 and free to CHS students and their families. Sponsor: $180. Information: 941-752-3030.

Open house: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will hold its annual open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Attendees will be greeted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, religious school director Sabrina Silverberg, preschool director Elaine Sharrock and representatives from the board of directors, adult education committee, social action committee, Tours of the facility, snacks, and children's activities will be provided. New members and new preschool and religious school students are welcome. Call the Temple Emanu-El office at 371-2788.

High Holiday workshop: Rabbi Geoff Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson with guitar at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Temple Sinai to delve into the High Holy Day liturgy, traditions and music. "Connection, Reflection and Conversation" will provide a forum to share thoughts and insights. All members of the community are welcome. Free and bagel nosh will be served. RSVP to 941-924-1802 or Temple Sinai is at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

Temple Beth El open house: Jewish community and families with children ready to start religious school invited to meet our school director, rabbi and temple board of directors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Special music program at 2 p.m. Register to win two box seat tickets to the Bradenton Marauders-Fort Myers Miracle game Aug. 31.

Temple Beth El High Holy Day services: No tickets required. Call 755-4900 from noon to 2 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. High Holy Days schedule: Rosh Hoshana, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 with Erev Rosh Hashanah and 10 a.m. Sept. 5 with morning service to follow. Yom Kippur, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Kol Nidre service; 10 a.m. Sept. 14 with moring service including Yizkor; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 healing service; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 Neilah and break-the-fast (reservations needed for break-the-fast, $10 members $15 nonmembers); and additional services: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Havdalah followed by Selichot (dairy pot luck); 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Erev Shabbat and Sukkot Family celebration; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Erev Shabbat and Simchat Torah family celebration.

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