Stimulating programs for 2018-19

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Wednesday, Sept. 26*
Opening Meeting, with Speaker Carrie Seidman

Carrie Seidman is the lead columnist for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, where she has been a full time staff writer since 2010. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she has been a metropolitan daily newspaper journalist for nearly 40 years, previously with the New York Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. She has been a feature writer, columnist, sportswriter, investigative reporter and food and dance critic and has specialized in mental health and dance. Her writing has received awards from local, state and national organizations and she was selected for a 2016-2017 fellowship from The Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism. The single parent of an adult son with a mental health diagnosis, she is also a two-time cancer survivor and a life-long dancer.

This meeting will be held at Cafe L’Europe, 431 St. Armand Circle, Sarasota, 34236 at noon. Cost $25. Contact Carole Shaw for more information and reservations at

Wednesday, Dec. 12*
General meeting, guest speaker, Harriet Hendel of the Innocence Project of Florida.

The Innocence Project of Florida was founded in 2003. It is based in Tallahassee and is the only non-profit organization in the state devoted to litigating cases of wrongful conviction. The Innocence Project of Florida works pro bono for all of its clients. So far, the group has exonerated 20 men. At any one time, our two lawyers are juggling 36 cases simultaneously. One of our clients spent 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. There are thousands of innocent men and women in the United States who are behind bars waiting to be given their freedom. Very few will be helped due to the fact that Innocence Projects across the country are understaffed and struggling to raise funds to continue their vital work. The Innocence Project of Florida does not receive any funding from the State.   Harriet Hendel serves on the Board of Directors of The Innocence Project of Florida. She speaks all over Sarasota about the organization. Since she lives a long distance from Tallahassee, her mission is to raise awareness about the project in addition to raising money. Harriet teaches classes about the criminal justice system for Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy and Brandeis National Committee. She has been a mentor for Jewish Family and Children’s Services, the YMCA and Take Stock in Children for many years.

The meeting will be held at the Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota at 1 p.m., free admission and refreshments will be served. For more information contact: Carole Shaw at

Wednesday, Feb. 6*
General Meeting

Our guest speakers for the General Meeting and luncheon are Dr. Daniel Stein, Board Certified Neurologist and his colleague Sheri Huminsk, Life Coach. The topic of discussion is “ Medical Marijuana”.

Join us for an evidenced based discussion of the action, uses, side effects and more of Medical Marijuana.  In addition to being a regional authority on multiple sclerosis and providing a full range of neurodiagnostic services, Dr. Stein provides a holistic approach to help the appropriate patients benefit from medical marijuana. He will provide medical marijuana cards for eligible residents of Florida in which he determines that the benefits of medical marijuana use outweigh any potential health risks. Marijuana may help many conditions such as anxiety, pain from various sources such as arthritis and cancer, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and others. Join us for a full discussion of who may benefit.

This will be held at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, 3260 Lake Pointe Blvd off 41, in the main dining room at noon-2:30 p.m. Cost $18.
For additional information contact: Sheila Brumberg at or 941-927-3654.

Wednesday, March 20*
General Meeting

General meeting, with speaker Ann Walborn: Topic is “Corals and our Changing Climate”.
Ann Walborn is a volunteer docent, a member of the MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s community relations team and speakers bureau for over 10 years. Coral reefs are the most diverse ecosystems in the ocean and provide significant environmental, biologic, recreational and economic value. Coral reefs of the Florida Keys are unique national treasures. In general, reefs cover less than 1 percent of the ocean floor but support about 25 percent of marine life.  Learn how scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory are leading the way to understand how reefs are changing and developing new methods for restoring them through Mote’s five, active coral research programs.

The meeting to be held at the Jewish Federation 580 McIntosh Rd. Sarasota, at noon. A light lunch will be served. Free Admission. For more information and RSVP contact Marion Marshak at 941-739-0463 or