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Are you interested in promoting Jewish voices within Sarasota and Manatee area Democratic Party? Are you looking to discuss critical issues with elected officials and candidates? Do you want to help elect candidates whose values are consistent with yours? 



Hospital Board News:


Two Democratic candidates have announced their candidacy for the Sarasota County Hospital Board. John Lutz of Englewood and Dr. George Davis of Venice represent work by the Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) to prevent the effort of ‘health freedom’ Republican officials to discredit and privatize Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as reported by NPR on Dec. 21, 2022. 

”Our support of these two outstanding candidates, both with decades of professional medical experience, stands in sharp contrast to the extremist Republican-backed candidates who were elected in 2022 after questioning the effectiveness of vaccines and spreading medical misinformation,” said SCDP Chair Daniel Kuether.

“Sarasota Memorial Hospital has long been recognized as one of the leading medical institutions in Florida,” Kuether added. “Its governing board needs to be made up of responsible people committed to providing patients with sound medical treatment instead of conspiracy theories and quack medicine. The Republican Party of Sarasota County has failed the community by putting forth candidates that did not have Sarasota’s interests at heart.”



Did you see this news:

We have officially changed our name to embrace and impact Manatee County!!  

Our hearts break with and for our brothers and sisters in Israel.  There are many worthy organizations that would appreciate your support.

Magen David Adom, 1st responders

International Red Cross

Soroka Medical Center (Negev region)

Our Jewish Federation


Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.  This guest column was provided by the board of the Sarasota County Democratic Party Jewish Caucus

We must speak out against antisemitism in Sarasota, across Florida 

Students of history know that Adolf Hitler came to power, in part, because of the lie that Jews were responsible for Germany’s defeat in World War I. Sadly, we see a strong similarity with what is happening in America today.

We see parts of America embracing the lies that everything is 'the Jews’ fault' – the demise of Elon Musk’s 'X,' COVID, conspiracies about 'globalists' and George Soros, etc. The Sarasota County Democratic Party Jewish Caucus strongly condemns, denounces and decries all forms of antisemitism. It has no place in our communities.

In Sarasota, the Jewish community has been attacked because of our religion. It was not that long ago that Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sinai in Sarasota were vandalized with swastikas and other despicable graffiti.

And the year 2022 brought increased incidents of antisemitism across Florida, including 21 in Sarasota County, 26 in Hillsborough County, 28 in Duval County and 21 in Pinellas County.

Nationwide, other disturbing acts of antisemitism in recent memory include:

The hostage situation at Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. The attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 Jews were killed. The mass shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego.

What is responsible for this explosion of hate and prejudice? When lies replace reality and white supremacists and other far-right antisemitic fringe groups are encouraged to emerge from the shadows, the consequences are predictable – and it is not only Jewish citizens who are targets. It is time for all Americans to forcefully, loudly and completely reject these lies which foment hatred. It is also time to reject the politicians who spread these lies.

Speak out whenever you are exposed to antisemitism. We cannot and will not allow history to repeat. Hatred can only be extinguished when good people forcefully condemn it.

Statement on the Judicial Reform in Israel from the State Jewish Caucus;

As members of the Florida Democratic Party Jewish Caucus, we wholeheartedly support the recent protests in Israel against the weakening of the judiciary. The government's actions are undemocratic and threaten the very essence of justice and equality that a democratic society upholds.

An independent judiciary is vital to ensure the rule of law prevails and guarantees fairness and impartiality for all individuals, regardless of their political affiliation. We stand in solidarity with the protestors who are raising their voices to protect the principles of democracy and demand a strong, impartial judiciary that can truly hold a government accountable while acting as a check on the legislative branch.

We express our concern about any moves that may be seen as protecting specific political figures, as it could undermine public trust in democratic institutions. Israel must remain a beacon of democracy in the region, and safeguarding the independence of the judiciary is essential to achieving this goal. This occasion also reiterates the importance for the Knesset to do the job it was meant to do 75 years ago, and promulgate a full written constitution for the Israeli people.

We would like to thank civil society leaders, including the opposition, members of the judiciary, millions of protestors and President Isaac Herzog for their opposition to this so-called reform package. They have demonstrated their commitment to democratic values, and we call on the Israeli government to listen to their voices and preserve the integrity of the judiciary.
This is a critical time for Israeli democracy, and with recent indications that the Israeli Defense Forces may be weakened by reservists disenchanted by these reforms, and calls for nationwide strikes, the whole Israeli state is less secure than at any point since 1967.

We encourage leaders in Israel to prioritize the protection of democratic institutions and restore public confidence in the fairness of the judicial system. Together, let us ensure that the spirit of democracy remains vibrant and strong in Israel.

FLDP Jewish Caucus 7/27/23


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School Board Elections 2024

The August 2024 school board elections are extremely important for the future of our county's children.  In the age of book banning, conspiracy theories, and attacks by Governor DeSantis on school boards, it is vital to come out strong for the best candidates.  

Antisemitic hate in Sarasota

The Sarasota-Manatee County Democratic Party Jewish Caucus and the Sarasota County Democratic Party strongly condemn and denounce all forms of antisemitism. It has no place in our community.




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