Welcome to the Sarasota-Manatee Democratic Party Jewish Caucus!
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?
Important Petition to Sign!
Floridians Protecting Freedom
There is a coalition of organizations working to get an Amendment on the ballot called "Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion."
It's to protect reproductive health care. Go to their website, click on PETITION, download it, print it, sign it, mail it. YES, it's a lot of steps.
JUST do it, please. Nearly 900,000 signatures of registered Florida voters are needed. From all parts of the state. Tell your friends. Make copies for them.
"NOSH & KNOWLEDGE" SPEAKERS
NEWS & STATEMENTS
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 afmd.org
International Red Cross http://icrc.org
Soroka Medical Center (Negev region) http://soroka.org
Our Jewish Federation http://jfedsrq.org/Israel
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.
Websites of value from our League of Women Voters program:
Factcheck.org to......fact check the news.
Vote411.org for everything about voting.
Allsides.com for balanced news reporting.
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.