Leukemia-stricken teen becomes Sarasota Temple Sinai cause at food fest

HERALD STAFF REPORTJanuary 4, 2014 

Diane Silverstein and Shirley Rose make cabbage rolls for the Sarasota Jewish Food Festival at Temple Sinai on Sunday.PHOTO PROVIDED

SARASOTA -- The sixth annual Sarasota Jewish Food Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road with far more than satisfying appetites at stake.

Be the Match, a bone marrow registry, will have a booth seeking individuals willing to have their cheeks swabbed in hopes of helping a 14-year-old with acute childhood leukemia. Roughly 95 percent of the children diagnosed with this disease respond to chemotherapy, but the Temple Sinai teen has not.

"It is critical that a match be found and he has not matched any of the 10 million people already in the registry," Lachowitzer said.

Hundreds are expected to attend for the traditional comfort food, free admission, health fair, arts and crafts and a used book sale.

Start with bagels and a schmear and move right into brisket, corned beef and cabbage rolls, blintzes, knishes or matzoh ball soup. A large selection of delectable baked goods is also available. Eat in or carry out.

All Faiths Food Bank is a community partner and guests are asked to bring a nonperishable item to help the needy.

"The need is great in this community and they work tirelessly to help meet it," said Laurie Lachowitzer, past co-president Temple Sinai.

For information, call 941-924-1802 or visit jewishfoodsarasota.com.

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