The Jewish Federation Of Sarasota-Manatee
Klingenstein Jewish Center
580 McIntosh Road
Sarasota FL 34232
The mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel. The Federation's vision is a vibrant and caring Jewish community.   
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Tevlowitz
Board Chair Mr. Michael Ritter
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
United Jewish Appeal
United Jewish Communities
Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation
Supported Organization Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1970
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.pdfView
Other Documents
Annual ReportView
Annual ReportView
Impact Statement


· Raised more than $6 million through financial resource development efforts to address Jewish and general community needs locally and around the world.
· Federation focused its attention in three areas: preserving our Jewish heritage through cultural and social programming; supporting those at-risk through direct funding and community partnerships; and protecting the Israelis and Jews worldwide through direct funding and overseas partnerships.
· Cultivated an extensive team of partners which include: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Embracing Our Differences, All Faiths Food Bank, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Sarasota County NAACP, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., JFCS, and Florida Studio Theatre. Overseas partners include Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, World ORT and more.
· Worked to ensure the future of our Jewish community by more than doubling the Federation's endowment funds during the past 10 years.
· Connected with 10,000+ Jewish households in Sarasota-Manatee through our print publications – The Jewish News and Connections Magazine, and via meaningful programs that enrich lives and strengthen the participants’ connection to Jewish culture and values.

· Serve as a good community partner with organizations and businesses throughout Sarasota-Manatee.

· Secure funding to help the most at-risk Jews in our local community through case management and direct support and to assist Holocaust survivors through wellness and need-based programs.
· In 2017, we partnered with numerous arts and educational organizations to gather the community together for our Celebration of Survival, Strength and Spirit, featuring Violins of Hope, Chagall exhibit and Anne Frank: A History for Today.
· Work to thwart anti-Semitism and bring awareness locally and globally.
· Advocate for and present positive highlights of the State of Israel and her people.



Needs Statement

· $36 – Provides a needy person with 1 lb. of fresh produce daily for one year through Project Leket, Israel’s national food bank

· $500 – Provides a need-based religious school scholarship for a local child

· $1,275 – Provides weekly food basket delivery for one year for a single mother and her children in Israel.

· $4,000 – provides in-home care (light housekeeping, food shopping and medicine management) for a Holocaust survivor in Sarasota County, allowing them to age in place.

· $15,000 - A new automated produce sorting machine provides 22,000 people with a pound of fresh produce at Israel's national food bank.

Background Statement

· The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is the center for Jewish philanthropy for the Sarasota-Manatee community.

· For over 59 years, the Jewish Federation has coordinated a wide range of programs and worked with partners locally and around the world to address needs in the areas of health, education and social welfare. The Federation's efforts have touched - and continue to touch - the lives of countless individuals in every stage of life at home and overseas.

· More than 500 volunteers, representing all ideologies and geographic areas in Sarasota-Manatee, participate in every aspect of the Federation's operation. Volunteers sit on the Federation's governing boards, plan and participate in events and carry out the fundraising that ensures the continued vitality of our community.

· Founded in 1959, the Jewish Federation began as the Sarasota Jewish Community Council. With increased fundraising and service needs, the organization was changed to the Sarasota Jewish Federation in 1980 and then the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation in 1982.

· Over the years, Federation leadership and Jewish community donors helped to found three partner agencies: Jewish Family and Children’s Service (1984), the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council (1988) and the Flanzer Jewish Community Center (1989-2007).

Federation employs a granting model for distribution of funds, meaning no unrestricted allocations – all monies are disbursed through granting processes, ensuring that programs support and advance the Federation’s mission and annual priorities. In addition, all granted programs, including Federation implemented programs, are subject to an evaluation process to verify that programs meet stated goals.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments In addition to providing and funding services in Sarasota and Manatee counties, The Jewish Federation funds programs in Israel, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, and in 70 other countries around the world.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our Federation makes our community, and our world, a better place by acting on our shared Jewish values of caring and compassion (chesed), facilitating Jewish learning (Torah), repairing the world (tikkun olam) and social justice (tzedakah). We connect our local Jewish community to the community at large by combining our many philanthropic resources, inspirational planning, and our collaborative programming opportunities with a variety of non-profits and businesses. Whether planning a community program or granting funds to a project, our Federation remains focused on our mission: to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel.

The theme of this year’s community programming is a celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary of statehood. Through music, art, education, and exciting programs for all ages, we will work  to deepen our community's connection to Israel. We will provide a window to the creation of the modern day state of Israel and the country's rich culture through our 9th annual Jewish Film Festival.

These events wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation of our many partners: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Sarasota Orchestra, Embracing Our Differences, Selby Library, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Florida Studio Theatre and more. With their support, our programs will touch thousands of lives in Sarasota-Manatee.

It is truly an honor to serve as President of the Jewish Federation. I am so proud of all we have accomplished…and there is so much more to come.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Numbers tell a story. More than $6 million was raised last year through Federation’s development efforts to support human, educational and social services in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel, and around the world. In addition, the Federation has grown its endowment to more than $11 million to position us for a vibrant future.

Along with raising the necessary funds, the Federation strives to assure our generous donors that financial resources are used most efficiently and effectively. Fiscal responsibility is of utmost importance to our leadership and staff. We were recently awarded a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, indicating that our Federation exceeds industry standards with respect to the financial health of the organization and its accountability and transparency.

We take great pride in the wide range of partnerships that we have established. Those relationships have resulted in programmatic and partnership successes that make our Federation a leader among nonprofits and a model Federation for other communities in North America.

Chief among our partnerships are the ones we have with our donors and volunteers, without whom we could not begin to dream of our many achievements, let along bring them to fruition. From these partnerships have grown the following programs:

· The Heller Community Relations Committee – advocating for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness; raising awareness of and actively confronting anti-Semitism and global radical Islam; and directly addressing anti-Israel activities in our community;

· Our Federation-funded Interfaith missions to Israel have included close to 70 faith and community leaders from Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton;

· The Young Ambassadors Program, March of the Living and the Schiff Send-A-Kid to Israel Fund all enable Jewish teens from Sarasota-Manatee to participate in Israel and overseas programs;

· Our Federation Education Scholarship Program provided $90,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to Jewish and non-Jewish students in Sarasota-Manatee this year.

Through the Federation’s many partnerships in the performing and visual arts community in Sarasota, the Federation is able to bring Jewish themes/culture, Judaism and Israel to life for thousands of Jews and members of the general community.


Description The Federation honors its commitment to Holocaust awareness and education through the following programs: The Holocaust Speakers Bureau - Holocaust survivors and Generation After members who speak in public and private schools throughout our area; the Annual Holocaust Survivors Luncheon; the Annual Community Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Program; the annual March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel; and sponsorship of such community programs as Embracing Our Differences.
Budget $81,624
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Liberties
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success
Holocaust Speakers Bureau:
  • Through our Holocaust Speakers Bureau, the program provided speakers to 24 public and private schools and community organizations throughout the two county area, exposing thousands of students in classroom and assembly settings as well as many community members to the stories and lessons of the Holocaust.
  • Training the Next Generation to speak on behalf of those who no longer can speak about the atrocities perpetrated on the European Jewish Community.  
Holocaust Survivors Luncheon
  • Attracted close to 150 survivors and their descendants to this important program, designed to increase awareness of the needs of this aging population.
Long Term Success Heightening community awareness of the Holocaust and worldwide genocide.  Teaching school age children from elementary through high school about the importance of tolerance and acceptance.
Program Success Monitoring Federation's Program Evaluation Committee will monitor the success of the programs.
Program Success Examples
Comments from March of the Living students:

After visiting the death camps, we were feeling angry and depressed. Traveling from Poland to Israel made me understand that Hitler did not succeed, that we have an entire country’s military guaranteeing the protection of our people, and that the Holocaust can never happen again.
The worst experience of my trip was in Majdanek, Poland. Some camps are partially or completely destroyed because the Nazis attempted to destroy evidence of their wrongdoing; however, Majdanek is completely intact. As we walked into the camp, the first thing I took note of was that I could see cars driving by and people living their daily lives. I thought that perhaps those who were not persecuted might not have been aware of the gruesome activity that was happening, but the events at Majdanek took place in their backyards. How could people not help Jews and the other prisoners when they could see into the barbed wire fences and smell and hear what was going on?

The Bob and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI) was created to deal with a number of efforts both locally and abroad.

These efforts include:
● Advocate for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness.
● Raise awareness of and actively confront anti-Semitism and radical Islam on a global level
● Through our FAST (Fighting Anti-Semitism Today) task force, we address issues of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric on college campuses.
● Directly address anti-Israel activities in Sarasota-Manatee.

IAI will make these efforts through: Educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public officials.

IAI hopes to engage Jews and non-Jews in advocacy, activism and becoming allies for Israel.  In addition, the IAI is strongly committed to combating and marginalizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, along with other efforts to delegitimize Israel.
Budget $150,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Intergroup Relations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
  • Increased participation on the ongoing Interfaith Missions to Israel.
  • Large attendance at all programs representing all faiths and backgrounds.
  • Cultivated and stewarded relationships between faith-based groups and organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
  • Through FAST, addressed anti-Israel issues on a local college campus.
Long Term Success
  • Heightened awareness of Israel both politically and culturally.
  • Supported important community initiatives, such as the Restorative Strategies program in seven Sarasota County schools, as a result of relationships with community organizations. 
  • Brought together people from all faiths and backgrounds who support the State of Israel.
  • Celebrated the relationship between the African American and Jewish communities at our 1st annual Heschel/King Breakfast, where members of each community were honored for their contributions.
Program Success Monitoring Success of the programs will be monitored by the Federation staff and the Heller IAI Executive Committee, comprised of seven Jewish and seven non-Jewish leaders in the community.  Success will be determined by the use of post-event surveys and comparing attendance at annual programs.
Program Success Examples
  • Over 300 community members from all faiths, races and sexual orientations attended our "Rally in the Rain," in support of the State of Israel during a time of great crisis in the country.  The event was coordinated in less than 48 hours. Despite inclement conditions, representatives from 15 community groups - synagogues, churches and even a biker gang - came out to show their support.
  • Shonim B'Yachad (Different Together) project: we coordinated and sponsored an "Embracing Our Differences" style program in Israel in 2015.  As a result of last year's success, the exhibit was presented again in a larger venue with more panels and the number of schools and attendees increased by 30%.
Description The Fifty Shades of J and Club Fed groups offer social and outreach programming to individuals and couples in their 50s and up.  Fifty Shades of J is designed for those in their 50s, 60s and 70s as a way to meet new friends (not necessarily a 'singles' group) through social outings at local restaurants and bars.  Club Fed is a senior group offering bingo games, lectures and road trips.  Many Club Fed attendees are widowed and this provides them an outlet to have interesting and exciting experiences with their peers without fear of having to participate alone.  These free or low-cost programs are designed to not only provide an outlet to meet like-minded individuals, but expose attendees to Federation programming in an attempt to get them more involved in other fee-for-service programs, such as the Jewish Film Festival or Women's Day, and to cultivate potential donors.
Budget $10,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
  • In its first year, the Club Fed lecture series attracted more than 400 people to each of the 4 lectures.
  • In its first year, each of the Fifty Shades of J happy hours were attended by an average of 50 individuals 
Long Term Success
  • Approximately 20% of the individuals attending free Fifty Shades of J and Club Fed programs also attended fee-for-service programs offered by the Federation such as the Jewish Film Festival, lectures and bus trips.
  • The Club Fed "Hits the Road" bus trips to area museums and art exhibits maintained their sold-out status over a 2 year period.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Monitoring attendance at each program with a goal of increasing attendance.
  • Growing the percentage of participants attending fee-for-service events to at least 30% in the coming year.
Program Success Examples
  • We have 2 couples that met at a Fifty Shades of J program who have gone on to visit each other's summer homes out of state and have taken 2 European vacations together.
  • Even though we reduced the number of annual Fifty Shades of J happy hours, the attendance numbers are still high.
  • We have been able to secure a small sponsorship from a local business which will allow us to grow the Fifty Shades program in the coming year.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Tevlowitz
CEO Term Start June 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Howard has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee since 2001.  Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Young Leadership Director for the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service; the Campaign Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County; and the Director of Suburban Regions for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mrs. Ilene Fox Chief Development Officer
Mr. Jeremy Lisitza Chief Program Officer
Ms. Kim Mullins Chief Communications and Marketing Director
Ms. Inna Sideman Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Linda Silver PhDDirector of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 67
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 4
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Federation partners with a number of area organizations to provide programming and services to the community, including: JFCS, Jewish Housing Council, BBYO, the Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota Film Festival, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Asolo Rep Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Perlman Music Program, Youth Experiencing Arts, Inc., Mote Marine Laboratory, Embracing Our Differences and area synagogues and Jewish membership organizations.  In addition, the Federation provides meeting space for Jewish and general community organizations.
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Business Income
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
Fine Arts and Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
 The Jewish Federation completed a Jewish Population Study in 2001.  Following the Study, the Federation spent 2 years developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan which was implemented from 2003 - 2006.  The Plan was amended in the Fall of 2011 - the Spring of 2012 and implemented in 2013.
The Federation is currently developing new strategic endeavors. 
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Ritter
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Nov 2017 to Nov 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Barbara Ackerman Coldwell Banker Preview
Dr. Sepi Ackerman Community Volunteer
Mr. Alan Ades Retired
Mr. Thomas Bernstein Retired
Mr. Ian Black Ian Black Real Estate
Mrs. Fran Braverman Community Volunteer
Mr. Randon Carvel Community Volunteer
Mr. David Chaifetz Retired
Mrs. Edie Chaifetz Retired
Mr. Gerard Daniel Retired
Mr. Leonard Drexler Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marsha Eisenberg Retired
Mr. Al Ernst Community Volunteer
Mrs. Roz Goldberg Retired
Mrs. Julie Green Community Volunteer
Dr. Lewis Hanan Sarasota Periodontal Associates
Mrs. Stacy Hanan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Debbie Haspel Retired
Mrs. Simone Knego Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Landman Community Volunteer
Mrs. Linda Lipson Retired
Ms. Nelle Miller Community Vounteer
Mrs. Michelle Mitchell Community Volunteer
Mrs. Iris Nahemow Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Ritter Retired
Mrs. Irene Ross Retired
Mrs. Nancy Roucher Retired
Mrs. Rachel Saltzberg Community Volunteer
Mrs. Betty Schoenbaum Communty Volunteer
Mr. Steve Seidensticker Tableseide Group
Mr. Sam Shapiro Retired
Mr. Alan Silvergleit Community Volunteer
Mrs. Bunny Skirboll Retired
Mrs. Anne Spindel Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lois Stulberg Retired
Mrs. Adrea Sukin Community Volunteer
Mr. Bruce Udell Udell & Associates
Mr. Peter Wells Retired
Mrs. Patti Wertheimer Community Volunteer
Mr. Merrill Wynne Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 40
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 17
Female 23
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 65
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 55
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Governance Comments by Organization    
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $4,805,640.00
Projected Expenses $5,125,640.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $18,417,838.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$3,847,868$5,472,469$5,320,661
Investment Income, Net of Losses$89,774$78,790$32,939
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$7,328($41,328)$90,974
Revenue In-Kind$714,873$214,014$130,804
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,919,918$4,916,100$4,646,970
Administration Expense$438,929$416,975$371,544
Fundraising Expense$554,317$534,126$583,452
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.031.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%10%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$24,819,599$25,787,067$25,199,601
Current Assets$20,366,689$21,491,250$20,769,834
Long-Term Liabilities$710,237$508,622$583,134
Current Liabilities$613,330$785,232$513,164
Total Net Assets$23,496,032$24,493,213$24,103,303
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,847,868Contributions, gifts, grants $5,472,469Contributions, gifts, grants $5,320,661
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRental Income $145,236Advertising $233,932Net Rental Income $250,049
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdvertising Revenue $243,471Net Rental Income $133,581Advertising Income $211,766
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $175,001 - $200,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities33.2127.3740.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%2%2%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization An integral part of the current Federation strategic plan in outreach to Baby Boomers, Gen X, and teens.  The younger generation of donors have a different relationship with philanthropy.  The challenge is to engage these younger donors in non-traditional ways engagement and philanthropic vehicles.
Financial Comments by Foundation NOTE: Nonprofit has an investment in a fund that issues k-1. The fund sends them an estimated k-1 in June but the final usually comes out in September.  Foundations and corporations were separated from individual contributions based on information provided by the nonprofit for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. 
Nonprofit The Jewish Federation Of Sarasota-Manatee
Address Klingenstein Jewish Center
580 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 371-4546