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.
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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.
Information: 941-924-1802 or jewishfoodsarasota.com.