SARASOTA, FL – On February 27, 2022, Temple Emanu-El will present its 65th anniversary Sapphire Celebration, honoring Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman for her many contributions to the temple’s growth and vibrance. The goal for the fundraising event is to raise $150,000; proceeds will be used for the Religious School, Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center and temple enhancements.
Since the Glickmans arrived in Sarasota in 2006, as Rabbi Brenner Glickman assumed the post of Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Elaine Glickman has contributed tremendously to the building of community – particularly among the fast-growing family population – among the congregation, presented innumerable parent and adult education offerings, greatly expanded community service offerings, and provided skilled and effective public relations services on behalf of the congregation.
Just some of Rabbi Elaine Glickman’s contributions include: chairing Mitzvah Day for many years, growing participation to more than 400 temple members assisting with scores of community service projects; creating and spearheading the Tot Shabbat program; serving as Social Chair for the Religious School; serving on the executive board for the temple’s Sisterhood and on the long-range planning committee; founding the Israel and college committees; spearheading the Interfaith Family Hanukkah Party; teaching popular Challah Baking Workshops for children and adults; singing with the Family Service Band; and much more.
As an ordained rabbi, Rabbi Elaine Glickman also leads the occasional service and reads from the Torah during Yom Kippur services. A published author, she has utilized her writing skills and relationship-building capacity to lead publicity efforts at the temple, resulting in numerous media placements throughout the region and helping to engage community members for programs, events and temple membership.
Her efforts are a significant part of the reason Temple Emanu-El was recently named one of the friendliest and most welcoming congregations in North America by Reform Judaism magazine. She has also been recognized among our community’s rabbinic leadership, serving as a member and a past president of the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association.
“When you look at our temple’s growth and success since the Glickmans’ arrival 15 years ago, it is impossible to imagine that any of it would have been possible without Rabbi Elaine’s dedication, passion and participation on nearly every front,” said Temple Emanu-El President Barry Gerber. “As a devoted member, Rabbi Elaine has served as a role model to our congregants. As a virtuous person, she provides her sacred work to the temple from the kindness of her heart. Why? Because that’s who she is!”
Co-chairs of the event are past presidents and longtime temple leaders Gloria Weed and Michael Richker.
The Sapphire Celebration takes place on Sunday, February 27, 11 a.m. at the Benderson Family Hall of Temple Emanu-El (151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota). Brunch will be catered by Michael’s On East. Tickets are $75/person; sponsorships and tribute book ads are available. Call 847-331-8518 for sponsorships and ads; visit sarasotatemple.org for tickets.
About Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El is a Reform congregation serving the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is a vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming Temple where people come together for religious and spiritual fulfillment, lifelong learning, and memorable moments, and support for social justice, for Israel, and for each other. For more information, visit sarasotatemple.org or call 941-371-2788.