L’Shanah Tovah from CEO Shepard Englander

September 13, 2023


On Rosh Hashanah, we remind ourselves of what matters most.

What matters most to our Jewish Federation is ensuring we live in a secure, confident, thriving Jewish community.

Sadly, today we watch antisemitism and hatred spike senselessly around us.  We see toxic civil discourse erode public trust here and in Israel.  But these challenges only make it more essential that we strengthen the bonds of our community.  Together, we can meet these challenges with fresh energy and ideas.

With Board President, Bruce Udell, and the entire board of directors, our team is excited to lead Federation into the new year. In the coming year, we will fight antisemitism and hate, nurturing mutual understanding with our neighbors and proudly sharing our Jewish values and traditions. We will join with other local leaders to protect the region’s quality of life, including our excellent healthcare system, education, and arts. These attracted us to make our lives in this naturally beautiful and culturally rich region.

A community cannot flourish in the shadow of fear. So, our Federation puts nothing above security.  We invest in cutting-edge security expertise, and we use it to make all synagogues, organizations, and neighborhoods safe.

This winter, our community will realize new dreams, as we will welcome you to our new home, The Larry Greenspon Campus for Jewish Life.  In the spring, the Chaifetz Holocaust Memorial and Education Center will be ready to engage teachers and students from across the region in the Holocaust’s very relevant lessons. This summer, we will open Camp Yonnie, a vibrant day camp for our community’s children.

None of this would be possible without your participation and support.  I am honored to lead a Jewish community blessed with such extraordinary leadership and generosity.

L’shanah tovah tikatevu. May you and your loved ones know health, happiness, and love in the New Year.

Shepard Englander

CEO, Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee

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