JCCA praises the local organization for its “innovative programming, groundbreaking community partnerships and visionary outlook.”
(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) was recently recognized by The Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA) of North America for its strategic community initiatives, collaborations and partnerships. According to Arnie Sohinki, senior vice president of JCC Association, the JFSM, “has effectively reinvented itself. Their leadership has incorporated the best practices from Jewish community centers, Jewish federations, and Jewish foundations in order to create a high functioning, community-based, 21st-century Jewish agency.”
JFSM is a long-standing member of the JCCA. Its communitywide programs and services reflect the principles at the heart of the JCC. These include:
§ Fostering Jewish identity through educational, outreach and social programs for all ages;
- Building the Jewish community while bringing Jewish life, values and culture to the community at-large;
- Providing a central location where Jewish organizations can meet and collaborate as community partners;
- Bringing the community closer to Israel and encouraging advocacy on its behalf.
Howard Tevlowitz, executive director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, says that what counts are deeds, not words. “Bringing people together is at the heart of what we do,” he says. “We create a place where the Jewish community and the community as a whole can come together and make a difference.”
Tevlowitz says that the organization will soon reveal the results of a comprehensive, two-year strategic plan. One component is a new branding campaign that will “celebrate the ways The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee honors the core values and mission of the JCCA.” He adds that JSFM will also be hosting a day camp with a Jewish component on its Sarasota campus starting in the summer of 2015.
Alan Goldberg, vice president of JCC Association, says that JFSM’s “innovative programming, ground-breaking community partnerships and visionary outlook expand the possibilities of how best to serve the diverse Jewish and general communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Their redefined model paves the way for growth and sustainability.”
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.